Postgraduate courses can be divided into two main groups; taught and research – and the duration of programmes can vary greatly.
Taught degree programmes
MA, MSc, MBA, MDes, MRes, PG Dip, PG Cert, PGCE
Entry for most taught programmes requires a good first degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, but some are open to graduates from a variety of subjects and do not require a specialist background. A few programmes require relevant work experience. Please see your chosen programme entry for details.
Most masters degrees take one year of full-time study or two to three years, part-time. Masters programmes are based on modules totalling 180 credits. Most modules are worth 10, 15 or 20 credits. Students need at least 150 credits from modules with marks of 50% or more, and remaining modules marked at not less than 40%. The 150 credits usually include a dissertation or equivalent.
Postgraduate diploma (PG Dip) students need 100 credits from modules with marks of 50% or more and further modules worth 20 credits marked at not less than 40%.
Postgraduate certificate (PG Cert) students will need to achieve 60 credits with marks of 50% or more.
Details of all our taught modules are available on our web pages – see the programme in which you are interested.
You can also search for more detailed module descriptions.
The University will consider offering credit transfer or exemption from part of our programmes to students who already have some postgraduate level credits awarded by another higher education institute.
If you leave the University before qualifying for an award, you will be entitled to a transcript detailing the credits you have accumulated, and these may be taken into account by another institution if you continue your studies elsewhere.
The University is committed to implementing the objectives of the Bologna Declaration including promoting student mobility and adopting a system of easily readable and comparable degrees. Graduates are issued with a Diploma Supplement to enable flexibility and comparability of qualifications internationally.
Research degree programmes
PhD, MPhil, EngD
The University provides induction and training for all its research students.
PhD degrees normally take three years full-time or five years part-time. A PhD thesis must make a significant original contribution to, and show a critical appreciation of, existing knowledge in the subject.
MPhil degrees usually take two years full-time or three years part-time. Students critically investigate and evaluate an area which contributes to and demonstrates a critical appreciation of existing knowledge in the subject. They must also demonstrate an understanding of research methods appropriate to that area.
Following satisfactory completion of their first year of supervised research, students are registered for PhD or MPhil. All PhD and MPhil candidates must present and defend a substantial thesis to the satisfaction of examiners.
EngD degrees take four years and are open to UK research engineers, in any area of engineering or applied science, seeking managerial careers in industry. They involve collaboration with industry, and combine formally assessed taught modules with innovative research related to real industrial problems.
2013-2014 UK/EU postgraduates
|UK/EU taught and research programmes||Fees|
|Full-time students (taught)||£5,600|
|Full-time students (research)||£3,900|
|PGCE students||See website|
|Part-time students (taught)||See website|
|Part-time students (research)||See website|
2013-14 Non UK/EU postgraduates
|Non UK/EU taught and research programmes||Fees|
These are the standard tuition fees. The fees for some programmes are above the standard fee.
University fees and charges are payable in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.
Contact our Finance Office for further details: Telephone +44 (0)1509 222030.
For information on taught and research programme fees visit our main fees and funding pages.