Postgraduate courses - Types of Postgraduate Course

Accreditation:

A taught postgraduate course will usually credit the student with a Master of Science (MSc) or Master of Arts (MA). Sometimes you may be able to gain a postgraduate diploma, this is awarded if you complete part of a Masters.

Timescale: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time.

Assessment:

These are very similar to an undergraduate degree as there is a mixture of taught modules and some research modules. Assessment is usually made up of a combination of examinations, assessments and a dissertation.

Entry Requirements:

Minimum entry requirements are generally a 2:2 and upwards however double check the information for the specific course as the requirements will vary from course to university.

Accreditation:

This masters is normally research driven with a more independent approach with no real constraints such as a structure timetable that would be used in a taught masters. Upon completion you will normally receive a Masters in Philosophy (MPhil).

Timescale: 18-36 months full-time, 36- 48 months part-time.

Assessment:

You will use start with a research proposal and carry out research using various methods. Results will then be analysed with the findings usually published. A research degree is usually marked on this process and the final individual research piece. This will all be done under the guidance of a ‘Supervisor’ which is usually a senior academic.

Entry Requirements:

Minimum entry requirements are generally a 2:2 and upwards however double check the information for the specific course as the requirements will vary from course to university.


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