Preparing for your studies

Preparing for your master's programme

It's good to know before you start how your master's programme is organised and get a feel for what a postgraduate degree will involve

Postgraduate taught modules, credits and student workload

Postgraduate programmes of study are organised on a modular basis. At the beginning of the academic year you must register for the appropriate modules specified in your programme regulations and select from any options available.

Postgraduate students take modules with a total weighting of 180 if they are aiming for a master's degree. The figure is lower for those aiming for Certificates and Diplomas. Each module typically has a weight of 10, 20 or 30. This is the number of credits you will be awarded on passing the module.

The notional learning time for a 10-credit module is 100 hours, representing the time on average you will need to spend on the whole range of learning activities, including for example lectures, tutorials, private study, preparing coursework and sitting examinations. The total notional learning time for a Master's student is 1,800 hours.

In a one-year full-time programme your workload will be distributed as evenly as possible but this will depend on the precise arrangements for your programme and you should consult your programme handbook for more details about this. Further information about module weightings, content and assessment components (exams/coursework) can be found in the Module Specification.

Programme specifications

Programme specifications and module specifications are published for each programme of study. You will be kept informed of significant changes which may affect your programme. The University's general regulations provide the framework for all programmes.

Changes to module specifications are subject to University approval procedures. Schools/Departments are discouraged from making any changes to module specifications during the semester when the module is running, or in the period immediately before. Where this cannot be avoided, the School/Department may be required to seek the prior agreement of students registered on the module in question, at the discretion of the relevant Associate Dean (Teaching).

Schools should consult students about changes to programme specifications which will affect them in their future years of study. Such changes are subject to University approval procedures, including, in the case of major changes, approval by Senate.

Have any questions?

If you would like further details about reading lists or what your contact hours might be for example, the contact information for your school or department can be found here. Once you have selected your programme just select the contact us button for the contact details. Your school or department will be able to assist you with specific information.

Preparing for your research degree

It's good to know before you start how your research degree is organised and get a feel for what life as a doctoral researcher will involve.

Doctoral researchers

For more specific information for doctoral researchers (PhD, EngD and MPhil candidates), please visit the Doctoral College Essential Information pages. Here you will also find the Doctoral College Handbook, with lots of useful information for the current intake of doctoral researchers. 

For more information and an introduction into postgraduate research from the Loughborough Doctoral College - why not download the brochure below.

Graduate House is a social space and workspace for postgraduate taught and research students, as well as for mature undergraduate students studying at the University.

You'll benefit from an extensive doctoral training programme, alongside our suite of activities designed to support you at every stage of the doctoral process. We link with other specialist support services across the University, such as the Careers Network, to give you access to help and advice and work with colleagues across academic schools to attract external funding to support doctoral study. 

Have any questions?

If you would like further details regarding getting started before your start date, you can contact your supervisor directly. For more general questions you can contact your school or department, once you have located your school, please select the contact us button for contact details.