About postgraduate study

We offer different levels of study

We offer two main types of postgraduate courses - taught courses and research degrees. Here we explain what you study - and how and what you'll learn.

Taught courses

We emphasise projects and assignments which are relevant to work, particularly if you work with an industrial or commercial partner.

Format - our taught postgraduate courses normally involve a formal structure of lectures, seminars, lab work (if relevant), projects and a dissertation. You cover more advanced aspects of subjects studied at undergraduate level. You receive credits for each module you pass.

Master's degrees often include intermediate awards such as a postgraduate certificate (60 credits) and a postgraduate diploma (120 credits). For a full master's degree award, you need to successfully complete 180 credits - this includes the core element of advanced independent work, such as a research project or dissertation.

Types of course - we offer a number of full- and part-time taught postgraduate courses including:

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  • postgraduate certificates (PgCert)
  • postgraduate diplomas (PgDip)
  • master of business administration (MBA)
  • master of laws (LLM)
  • doctor of clinical psychology (DClinPsy)
  • doctor of counselling psychology (DCounPsy).

Course length - a full-time master's degree normally lasts for one year with 25-35 contact hours each week. You will also need to do private study throughout the course. A part-time master's degree typically runs for two years - but can be extended.

Doctorates usually last for two to three years. You can find the length of each course within its entry. Courses usually start in September.

Assessment methods vary for each course. We place more emphasis on assignments, essays, case studies and project work and less on formal exams. The final part of a master's and doctorate is usually an advanced independent dissertation or project.