Types of Postgraduate Study

There are four main types of postgraduate degrees: taught courses, research degrees, conversion courses and professional qualifications. Here we list some of the commonly taken postgraduate degrees.

Taught Courses

Taught courses include Masters degrees and postgraduate diplomas or certificates.

A taught Masters usually takes place over one or two years and usually involves the completion of a dissertation or project.

Research Degrees

Independent research constitutes a big part of postgraduate study and people usually undertake it because they love being immersed in the subject they are studying.

The main component of a PhD is the doctoral thesis.

An MPhil is similar to a Phd but is not as challenging.

In addition, there are some new PhDs in the marketplace. Called New Route PhDs, they have been going for 13 years and are now part of the UK postgraduate landscape.

Routes to a Profession

Further postgraduate study is sometimes needed for certain careers. Postgraduate conversion courses give you a lifeline if you have not studied an undergraduate degree for the profession you want to enter. They enable you to transfer to a different subject area.

Conversion courses for law, medicine, dentistry, architecture, social work and academe.

Other professions – journalism, pharmacology, and engineering.

Business – MBA, MSc and MA

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