Postgraduate study options

We offer a wide variety of postgraduate course that embrace full-time, part-time and distance learning study options. You can choose to build on your first degree or enhance your future prospects with a “direction change” postgraduate qualification.

We also have an excellent reputation for applied research and offer many “learning in later life” opportunities too. Here you’ll find a university with superb facilities, teaching excellence and a vocational education that strikes the optimum balance between study and social life. 

Masters degrees (MSc, MA, MEng, MRes)

A masters degree is typically completed in one year on a full-time basis.

Masters study is intensive; taught at a higher academic level, which requires a dissertation or student project. Studying a masters degree can provide you with further vocational training or preparation for further research. Ultimately, it's your opportunity to demonstrate a higher level of knowledge in your specific field of study.

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Postgraduate diploma (PgD)

A Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) can be achieved in under one year on a full-time basis.

Postgraduate Diploma study is similar to masters level study but without the final dissertation. Studying a Postgraduate Diploma can take your degree a step further - and there is the option to progress to masters later with the completion of a masters dissertation.

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Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)

The Postgraduate Certificate is the next level of qualification available after a bachelor's degree.

A Postgraduate Certificate PgC can be obtained with a few months of full-time study. In most subject areas, you can typically convert your PgC to a PgD or masters through the completion of further modules and a masters dissertation.

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Research degrees (PhD, Doctorate)

PhD and Professional Doctorate qualifications provide a pathway to academia, private consultancy or commercial research and development opportunities.

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