What types of postgraduate courses are there?
There are a number of routes you can take into postgraduate study, including taught courses, research degrees and professional, industry-specific qualifications. We also offer a number of flexible study options, so you can find a way of studying that suits you.
Taught postgraduate courses
Masters, postgraduate certificates and diplomas
Most taught courses come in the form of a Masters degree: one to two years full-time, or two to three years part-time. However, you could also study a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, which take less time and involve less academic research.
These kinds of courses involve seminars, lectures and tutorials, just like an undergraduate degree. You may also undertake project work, business consultancy, presentations, research, a thesis / dissertation and exams.
Browse our postgraduate taught courses pages for more information.
These courses are taught by industry experts, and designed for working professionals. Courses available include Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM); Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA); and Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) qualifications.
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Flexible Study Options
An MRes relies on your own research activities, supervised by an experienced academic, rather than a taught programme. They are usually one to two years full-time or up to four years part-time. They have a similar structure to a doctorate and enable you to research a specific area of interest in detail. They usually culminate in a thesis and a viva voce, which is a verbal examination.
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MPhil and PhD
These can be started immediately after your undergraduate or a Masters degree, depending on your subject. The normal PhD study route is MPhil / PhD where students transfer registration from MPhil to PhD registration after 15 to 18 months of the programme. They involve research into a chosen topic under the supervision of an experienced academic. They are:
- up to four years full-time;
- up to eight years part-time
- the stepping stone for progression into an academic research career; and
- courses that contribute to the worldwide knowledge and understanding in the broader discipline.
PhDs include a thesis and a viva voce examination and are accompanied by a taught research training course.
Browse our MPhil and PhD course pages for more information.
We offer Professional Doctorates in a range of subjects. You will need to complete an original piece of research for your doctorate and present it as a thesis.
Professional Doctorates include a large taught or directed study element, which is formally assessed. They offer you the equivalent status of a PhD, and are more appropriate for those pursuing professional rather than academic careers.
Browse our professional courses for more information.