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Types of study

A postgraduate qualification could be a great next step - whether for interest, research or professional development. With our flexible study options, we can help you achieve your goals in a way that suits you.

Postgraduate study is normally the next level of study following an undergraduate degree. There are some exceptions, for example, professional development courses will accept relevant industry experience.  

What's the difference between undergraduate and postgraduate?

You'll gain more specialist knowledge of your subject at postgraduate level. It’s more flexible but more advanced and you’ll work at a faster pace.

Step Up to Masters

Our Step Up to Masters course allows you to test and develop the academic skills required at masters level and help build your confidence. This may be a good introduction if it’s been some time since your first degree or you’re applying with professional experience and you haven’t studied at degree level. We’ll ensure that you are ready to achieve your career aspirations by progressing onto a master’s course.

You'll get to grips with the essential skills needed for postgraduate study. This includes critical analysis and evaluation, challenging and debating current evidence.

Taught and research  

Postgraduate degrees can be either taught or research-based.

If you've studied a first degree, a taught postgraduate degree will be familiar. You'll have lectures, seminars and practical assignments. Your work is assessed through exams, essays, dissertations and group projects. These degrees will help you change career, boost job prospects or gain a wider skillset.


How to study?

How you study might be just as important as your chosen subject. That's why postgraduate study doesn't have to mean full-time study on campus. It can be what you need it to be.

As a full-time student, you’ll be part of our lively campus experience. As well as attending lectures, you can make full use of a range of facilities and study spaces.

You’ll have a set number of contact hours per week as well as your additional independent study time.