Further Study Options

There are a variety of postgraduate courses and subjects so choosing the type of course to suit your needs requires careful research.

You should consider how your proposed study will help you in your future career and/or the graduate job market.

Vocational Taught courses

For example, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). This is one of the more widely known postgraduate courses and leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a requirement for primary & secondary teachers in the state system in England & Wales. Other vocational postgraduate course examples include: 

  • MA (PGDip) Social Work
  • MSc (PGDip) Speech & Language Therapy
  • LLM/PGDip/GDL Law

Academic Taught courses

Taught Masters courses are usually 1 – 2 years full time and many can be studied part time (2 – 3 years), so that you can earn money while you continue learning. You may also have the option of leaving out the dissertation/thesis and gaining a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip).

  • Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Science (MSc) 

Academic Research degrees

Masters programmes by research rely on your own private research, supervised by an experienced academic and usually last 1 – 2 years full time. Like taught courses, part-time (2 – 4 years) study options are available. A research Masters is often the first step to PhD study.

  • Masters programmes by research (including MSc, MPhil, MRes)
  • Doctorates (PhDs)

PhD study involves research into a chosen topic under the supervision of an experienced academic. PhD study can begin immediately after your Bachelors or after a Masters course. Be aware that 3 – 4 years of full time study (5 - 6 years of part time study) is usual to complete your PhD. You will write a thesis of around 100,000 words and usually give oral presentations.

For more information on the types of courses available to you, please see the Propsects website.

View the various options of postgraduate study here at the University.


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