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Types of Masters Degree

Postgraduate degrees are much more varied than undergraduate courses. So which is right for you?

Our guides cover everything from taught MA and MSc courses, research-based MRes and MPhil programmes and shorter Postgraduate Certificates & Diplomas.

The qualification you choose may depend on your background and goals, with professional qualifications and conversion courses available for careers in law, business and teaching.

Elsewhere in our advice section we've compared taught vs research-based degrees and looked at reasons for taking up postgraduate study.

Academic Masters degrees

Many taught MA & MSc degrees or research-based MRes & MPhil courses explore advanced academic topics.

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Professional Masters degrees

These courses provide professional qualification pathways or advanced training for specific jobs and careers.

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Business Masters degrees

Various postgraduate degrees exist for experienced managers or aspiring business professionals.

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Postgraduate Law courses

Various postgraduate courses exist for students wishing to qualify as lawyers, or specialise in legal topics.

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Postgraduate Teacher Training courses

These courses allow students to qualify as teachers through postgraduate professional training.

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Conversion courses

Conversion courses allow graduates to switch subject or prepare for new careers through additional training.

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Postgraduate qualifications compared

Looking for a quick way to compare different types of Masters degree, side by side? We’ve got just the thing.


Postgraduate Qualification Types
Degree Full Title Type Length Subjects
MA Master of Arts Taught 1-2 years Arts, Humanities & some Social Sciences
MSc Master of Science Taught 1-2 years Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & some Social Sciences
MRes Master of Research

Taught

-

Research

1-2 years All subjects
MPhil Master of Philosophy Research 2 years All subjects
MFA Master of Fine Arts

Practical

-

Professional

1-2 years Arts
MLitt Master of Letters

Taught

-

Research

1-2 years Arts & Humanities
LLM Master of Laws

Taught

-

Research

1-2 years Law
LPC Legal Practice Course Professional 1-2 years Law
GDL Graduate Diploma in Law Professional 1 year Law
MBA Master of Business Administration Professional 1-2 years Business & Management
MIM Masters in Management Professional 1 year Business & Management
MEng Master of Engineering

Taught

-

Professional

4 years Engineering & Technology
MSW Master of Social Work

Taught

-

Professional

2 years Social Work
PGCert Postgraduate Certificate

Taught

-

Professional

1 term All subjects
PGDip Postgraduate Diploma

Taught

-

Professional

2 terms All subjects
PGCE Postgraduate Certificate in Education Professional 1-2 years Teaching
PGDE Professional Diploma in Education Professional 1-2 years Teaching

Please note that individual degree programs can vary and it’s possible that a specific course at a given university might be slightly different to the typical guidelines above.

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Last updated - 30/04/2018

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