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Academic Masters build on the subject knowledge you gained at undergraduate level, specialising in advanced study of a certain topic. They usually come in in two forms: taught and research.
Taught programmes are generally more structured, while research Masters are much more independent in nature, giving you the chance to concentrate on one or more extended projects. This page features guides to the main examples of both types of Masters, such as the Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc), Master of Research (MRes) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil).
The MA is a common taught Masters in Arts and Humanities subjects such as English Literature, History, Philosophy and others.Read more
The MSc is a common taught Masters in a range of Science, Engineering and Social Science subjects.Read more
The MRes combines taught modules with more extensive research training, often as preparation for further work at PhD-level.Read more
The MPhil is a pure research degree. It is similar to a PhD, but involves a less extensive project, with a more limited academic scope.Read more
The MLitt is sometimes awarded by older universities in England or Scotland, for taught or research-based programmes.Read more
Postgraduate Certificates & Diplomas are shorter qualifications, usually involving fewer modules and no dissertation.Read more
Integrated Masters combine undergraduate and postgraduate study, usually lasting for four or more years.Read more