Post Graduate Courses
Postgraduate degrees are much more varied than undergraduate courses. So which is right for you?. Our guides cover everything from taught MA and MSc courses, research-based MRes and MPhil programmes and shorter Postgraduate Certificates & Diplomas. The qualification you choose may depend on your background and goals, with professional qualifications and conversion courses available for careers in law, business and teaching. Elsewhere in our advice section we've compared taught vs research-based degrees and looked at reasons for taking up postgraduate study.
Academic Masters degrees
Academic Masters build on the subject knowledge you gained at undergraduate level, specialising in advanced study of a certain topic. They usually come in in two forms: taught and research.
MSc (Master of Science)
Considering postgraduate study in a Science, Technology or Mathematics subject? If you’re looking for a taught Masters programme, you’ll most likely graduate with an MSc (Master of Science).
The Master of Research (MRes) Degree – A Guide
The MRes is a Masters degree that emphasises independent study over taught instruction. It isn’t restricted to specific subject areas.
Integrated Masters degrees
An integrated Masters is a programme that combines a Masters with a Bachelors or PhD. This may seem like a strange idea, but there are various reasons why you might want to study one: whether it’s to follow a highly structured training programme, or to access unique qualifications. If you’d like to read about specific degree types in more detail you might want to start with our full guide to postgraduate qualifications. Otherwise, this page will give you an overview of the main kinds of integrated Masters degree and what they involve.
Postgraduate Certificates and Postgraduate Diplomas
Looking for a shorter postgraduate study option, without a dissertation? A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) or Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) could be perfect for you.These programmes include Masters-level content and are available in a wide range of subjects. However, they are much more flexible and can usually be completed in only one or two terms of study.Here you can read a detailed guide to PGCert and PGDip programmes, including information on how long they take, what their entry requirements are and who should consider studying one.