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  Postgraduate qualifications

If you want to carry on your studies after a bachelors degree, or learn more about a particular subject, there are a range of postgraduate qualifications available. Some are linked to a specific profession, while others allow you to complete an original piece of research.

What are they?

Postgraduate qualifications appear at 'masters' and 'doctoral' level on the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. There are four main types of postgraduate qualifications. These are postgraduate certificates, postgraduate diplomas, masters degrees and doctorates. Each will generally include taught and research elements.

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What form do they take?

Postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate certificates can be academic or vocational qualifications. They normally take 9 to 12 months to complete full-time. The number of lectures and seminars you attend, and projects and research papers you produce will vary depending on the type of course and the college or university you attend. Grades are normally awarded as distinction, merit, pass, fail.

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- Masters degrees

A masters degree is a qualification of academic study. It can be research based, a taught course, or a mixture of both, and will take at least 12 months of full-time study to complete.

The number of lectures, seminars, projects and research papers will vary depending on the type of course and the institution.

You may also have to submit a dissertation at the end of your course.

Grades are normally awarded as distinction, merit (optional), pass, fail.

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- Doctorates

A doctorate qualification gives you the opportunity to undertake an original piece of research. It will usually take at least three years of full-time study to complete.

Throughout the course, you will be expected to work independently, with guidance from a supervisor. The supervisor advises you whether your research is on track and about deadlines you have to meet.

During the first one to three years of your doctorate, you will research your chosen topic and plan your dissertation. In your final year, you will normally write up your dissertation.

Many doctorate courses lead to a qualification such as a Doctor of Philosophy - a PhD or Dphil.

Doctorates are usually awarded as either a pass or fail; in rare cases with a distinction.

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Who takes them?

Postgraduate qualifications are generally taken by people who want to learn about a particular subject in-depth. For admission, you will generally require a bachelors degree at lower second (2:2) or above.

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What subjects are available?

A wide-range of subjects lead to postgraduate diplomas and certificates. These are often linked to a specific profession. You can study a subject that's new to you, or choose a subject that builds on the knowledge and skills you gained during your bachelors degree.

Masters degrees are available in a number of areas - these include MA (master of arts), MSc (master of science), MBA (master of business administration), LLM (master of law), MEd (master of education), MPhil (master of philosophy) and MRes (master of research) qualifications.

A doctorate qualification gives you the opportunity to undertake an original piece of research in a wide range of areas.

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Where can they lead?

Postgraduate certificates can lead on to postgraduate diplomas. You can also use a postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma as a route into a specific career or on to further study, such as a masters degree.

Some masters degrees, such as in business administration and law, prepare you for a career in a particular field. Others, like the master of research can prepare you for a doctorate qualification.

Doctorates allow you to undertake an original, in-depth piece of research.

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What qualifications will I need?

To begin a postgraduate course in the UK, you'll need to hold an undergraduate degree from the UK or overseas. This is the foundation from which you'll be able to go on to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or a master's degree and then, afterwards, to a PhD. You'll be expected to have obtained a first or good 2:1 (or international equivalent) in a directly related subject and you'll also need to speak English to at least IELTS 6.5 level.

To give you a rough idea, the sort of qualifications you'll need are as follows:

Pre-master's undergraduate degree plus IELTS 5.0-5.5
PG Cert/PG Dip undergraduate degree plus IELTS 6.5-7.0 or a pre-master's course
Master's degree first or upper second class undergraduate degree plus IELTS 7.0, or a pre-master's course
MBA first degree, 2-3 year's business experience, IELTS 6.5-7.0
PhD master's degree, IELTS 6.5-7.0

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How much will it cost?

UK postgraduate study offers you great value for money. Course fees can vary considerably between institutions, but the figures below show approximately what you'll need to pay. Costs for individual courses are given in the course profiles on this website.

Arts and humanities courses: £7,000-£9,000 per year
Science courses: £7,500-£12,000 per year
Clinical courses: £10,000-£21,000 per year
MBA: £4,000 to more than £30,000 per year

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