Postgraduate qualifications

We offer a range of postgraduate qualifications, and a variety of ways to study, including full-time, part-time, online, and the option to start in January. Top up your professional qualifications, retrain, challenge yourself, discover something new or enhance your skill set. Whatever your motivation for studying, we have a course that will suit you.

Postgraduate qualifications

Explore the wide ranging types of postgraduate degrees available to best advance your career and fit into your life.


Most of our postgraduate students undertake a taught course – usually a masters but sometimes a postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma. Unlike research degrees, taught courses include tutor-led sessions with groups of students (lectures, seminars, tutorials and if relevant, laboratory work). Most taught courses require you to have an undergraduate degree in the same subject or a similar one, but some allow you to change direction.

Masters degrees

Most of our postgraduate taught courses are masters degrees, which usually consist of three stages:

  • Postgraduate certificate
  • Postgraduate diploma
  • Masters

You need to successfully complete each stage before you can move on to the next. A masters degree usually takes one year of full-time study or up to two years of part-time study.

There are different titles for masters degrees, depending on the subject. Our range of masters degrees include:

  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Science (MSc)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Laws (LLM)
  • Master of Research (MRes)

Some of our postgraduate taught courses are only available at postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma level, including Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Psychology (Online) and Human Resource Management (CIPD Approved).


If you have a thirst for knowledge and an independent mind, our applied research degrees enable you to delve deeper into a subject, ask challenging questions and help the University make a real and positive impact on the world. We offer several different types of research degree:

MPhil research degrees

If you hold an undergraduate degree, this is a good choice for you. You will undertake an approved programme of original research, supported by two supervisors. You will gain a strong knowledge of your discipline and contribute to the development of your field. An MPhil usually takes two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study.

Traditional PhD research degrees

A traditional PhD enables you to pursue an original research investigation into a chosen topic within a field of enquiry, fully supported by two supervisors. You will produce a thesis or creative work and a critical appraisal. Most traditional PhD students hold a postgraduate degree already.  You’ll study for three to six years, depending on whether you study full-time or part-time.

Professional or practice-based doctorates

We currently offer professional or practice-based doctorates in education, health and social care practice (in a named field) and professional practice. They differ from our MPhil and PhD degrees, they include a substantial modular-based element and the thesis must relate to the area of practice.

Integrated PhD research degrees 

If you’re a recently qualified graduate without significant research methods training, our Integrated PhD may suit you. Completion of a programme of modules forms a part of this degree. It can take longer than the traditional route to PhD (four to six years), but you’ll also have the opportunity to achieve a Master of Research (MRes).

PhD by Published Works research degrees

If you have already produced a series of research-informed works (published or creative), this route may suit you. You will need to prepare these works for examination and undertake a critical appraisal that contextualises and reflects upon them.


You might be looking for a specialist course that can help you move forward in your profession. We have many courses that can do this. Search our postgraduate courses to find more.

Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies. This means the course is approved by industry and can sometimes offer you a faster route to becoming a registered or chartered professional in your field. Look for details of accreditations on course pages.

  • Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • Institute of Acoustics (IOA)
  • Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC)
  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

We also offer some qualifications that are awarded by professional bodies such as the ACCA qualifications (professional accountancy qualifications) or CIPS qualifications (for procurement and supply professionals).

If you can’t commit to a long programme of study but want to develop your knowledge in a particular topic relevant to your career, browse our short courses and CPD.