University of Chester

Postgraduate Study

  • The University of Chester provides a wide and flexible range of postgraduate and post-experience courses designed to meet the needs of prospective students. Our postgraduate qualifications can provide valuable career and personal development opportunities, and help you build on your experience and current skills.
  • We offer a broad choice of professional, internationally recognised postgraduate qualifications, incorporating taught degrees, research degrees and professional doctorates. Our courses are available in full-time and part-time study options, in addition some of our courses are available via distance learning.
  • Our postgraduate learning and research facilities are located on our Parkgate Road, Riverside, Kingsway and Queen’s Park Campuses within Chester, as well as our Thornton Science Park and Warrington Campus.
  • We also offer postgraduate courses at the University Centre Shrewsbury. This is a new university centre awarding University of Chester degrees that has been set up in partnership with Shropshire County Council.

What do Postgraduate Students Study?

The 4,245 postgraduate students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Mode of study

  • Full Time 38%
  • Part Time 62%


  • UK 82%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 14%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Subjects allied to medicine 7 1187 1194
Business & administrative studies 44 896 940
Education 50 686 736
Combined 0 421 421
Biological sciences 57 261 318
Historical & philosophical studies 116 132 248
Social studies 69 128 197
Creative arts & design 14 31 45
Computer science 4 29 33
Agriculture & related subjects 0 31 31
Languages 7 17 24
Mathematical sciences 5 17 22
Law 6 9 15
Mass communications & documentation 4 6 10
Medicine & dentistry 3 4 7
Engineering & technology 4 0 4
Physical sciences 2 0 2

Subject Areas

  • Arts and Media
  • Business and Management
  • Computing and Mathematics
  • Conservation and Regeneration
  • Education
  • English
  • Health and Medicine
  • History and Archaeology
  • Law
  • Modern Languages
  • Psychology, Counselling and Social Work
  • Sport, Exercise and Nutrition
  • Theology and Religious Studies
  • Work Based Learning Routes

Postgraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Postgraduate Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £4,140–7,020
Mixed £4,140–7,020
Laboratory £4,140–7,020
Clinical £4,140–7,020

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • Government-backed postgraduate student loans have been confirmed to start in the 2016-17 academic year. The loans will provide up to £10,000 a year for eligible taught and research Master’s courses in all subject areas.
  • Other financial support in the form of bursaries and scholarships at postgraduate level varies from course to course.

Facilities and Support for Postgraduate Students

  • As a postgraduate student with University of Chester you will be provided academic support from your course leader and other academic colleagues within your area of specialism.
  • Our Student Support and Guidance team is recognised for excellence by the British Quality Foundation and exists to enhance your student experience. They provide a range of opportunities and support including student welfare and counselling services, and disability support.
  • Staff from Careers and Employability will be available to work with you to maximise the benefits of postgraduate study and support your future plans.
  • The University Chaplaincy offers personal and spiritual support to all members of the University irrespective of their faith. All students are welcome to contact any member of the Chaplaincy staff if they wish to speak in confidence on any matter.
  • Chester Students’ Union (CSU) represents all University of Chester students, and has an office on both the Parkgate Road and Warrington campuses. The CSU Student Advice Centre provides free, impartial, confidential advice and guidance on a range of issues.