Postgraduate taught degrees are academically more demanding than undergraduate programmes. They require a higher level of self-directed learning and are awarded to students who demonstrate advanced understanding of a particular subject. Master’s degrees are delivered through a combination of taught modules and assessed coursework, and there is an expectation that students will complete an in-depth research project or dissertation.
Taught master’s degrees are generally modular in structure, meaning that students follow a series of modules worth a total of 180 credits.120 credits are gained from taught modules, and 60 credits from the dissertation. Taught master’s programmes often include research and methodology skills courses and specific departmental training courses, which are essential for students at master’s level and those wishing to go onto higher degrees. Additional specialised training courses are also available during the academic year.
To qualify for a Postgraduate Diploma, students must pursue 120 credits, or 60 credits for a Postgraduate Certificate. (Specific regulations apply – please note that not all programmes offer these exit qualifications.) CHOOSING A PROGRAMME The University offers a range of postgraduate taught degrees, including the MA, MSc, and LLM. You can pursue a postgraduate course in the same subject as your undergraduate degree or, in many cases, outside it.
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