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Your taught programme

What you can expect when you choose a master’s degree or taught programme.

Master's degrees and taught programmes

MA, MSc, MBA, MRes, PG Dip, PG Cert, PGCE

Entry for most master's degrees and other 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.

Modular programmes

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 they have passed with marks of 50% or more, and the 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 taught modules are available on the individual programme pages.

Study exemptions and credit accumulation

The University may 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.

Bologna Agreement

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.