Postgraduate taught courses
A postgraduate taught course can provide you with specialist knowledge and skills to help you stand out in a highly competitive employment market. It builds on the foundations of previous study or industry experience. Taught courses combine traditional lectures and tutorials with independent project-based study.
Many of our courses offer work placements, exemptions from professional examinations and professional body membership. Find out more.
Alternatively, our vocational conversion courses can be targeted at specific professional career areas such as teaching or psychology.
You may also be able to study part-time. Find out everything you need to know about part-time study.
There are three main types of taught courses – masters degrees, which are often assessed on a modular basis, incorporating a dissertation or project. And diplomas and certificates, which are structured in a similar way but don't include a dissertation.
Masters degrees (MA, MSc, MBA, MRes, LLM)
Masters degrees involve completing advanced specialist study in a particular subject or profession. These courses typically contain
- a taught element, including training in research methods
- a supervised dissertation or research project
Postgraduate certificate (PgCert)
Postgraduate certificates involve study at an advanced level, but without the full workload of a postgraduate diploma or masters degree. The first third of a masters degree is at postgraduate certificate level.
Postgraduate diploma (PgDip)
Postgraduate diplomas can provide the professional qualifications needed for specific careers and eligibility for membership of professional bodies. They comprise the second third of a masters degree. If you have successfully completed a PgDip, you can go on to achieve a masters degree by undertaking a supervised dissertation or research project.
Postgraduate Certificate in Education
A PGCE is a teaching qualification for those who already hold an undergraduate degree. It's a one year full-time course, mainly focused on developing your teaching skills. Find out more about teacher training.
Our taught postgraduate courses include
- PgCert – postgraduate certificate
- PgDip – postgraduate diploma
- PGCE – Postgraduate Certificate in Education (teaching qualification)
- MA – Masters of Arts
- MSc – Master of Science
- MBA – Master of Business Administration
- MRes – Master of Research
- LLM – Master of Law
Find out more about our postgraduate taught courses by searching our online prospectus.
'With undergraduate students you tend to guide their learning and deliver information to them. With postgraduate students you tend to share ideas and create knowledge together. It's this shared learning which makes postgraduate work so rewarding.
'As a postgraduate student you become part of a close knit community of ideas, theories, concepts, debates... At first it can be intimidating finding your own voice because as an undergraduate, work is so often about other people's ideas. But you soon learn that the tutors are there to help you find your voice, and you become part of a vibrant academic community.
'As an undergraduate you study academic ideas. As a postgraduate, you help create academic ideas.'
Dr Iain Garner, head of international markets and recruitment