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Types of Masters Degree and Other Postgraduate Courses

Postgraduate courses are much more varied than undergraduate degrees, with a wide variety of qualifications available.

You'll have the option of choosing between different types of Masters degree, including taught MA and MSc courses, as well as research-based MRes and MPhil programmes. Or you could opt for a shorter Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma course.

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

Here you can find detailed guides to different postgraduate course types at Masters level, plus a handy comparison table. Our sister-site, FindAPhD.com, provides information on PhDs and other doctorates.

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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Compare postgraduate courses

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

Our handy table includes all the degrees covered in this section. We’ve provided information on subject areas, credit value and length for typical programs.


Postgraduate Courses
Degree Full Title Type Length Subjects
MA Taught 1-2 years
MSc Taught 1-2 years
MRes

Taught

-

Research

1-2 years
MPhil Research 2 years
MFA

Practical

-

Professional

1-2 years
MLitt

Taught

-

Research

1-2 years
LLM

Taught

-

Research

1-2 years
LPC Professional 1-2 years
GDL Professional 1 year
MBA Professional 1-2 years
MIM Professional 1 year
MEng

Taught

-

Professional

4 years
MSW

Taught

-

Professional

2 years
PGCert

Taught

-

Professional

1 term
PGDip

Taught

-

Professional

2 terms
PGCE Professional 1-2 years
PGDE Professional 1-2 years

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 - 14/12/2017

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