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"What is an Integrated Masters Degree?" - Your Questions Answered

Integrated Masters may not be a familiar concept to everyone. Here we take a look at what they are, and what you can expect when studying one.


1. How do Integrated Masters work?

Sometimes referred to as an Undergraduate Masters, an Integrated Masters degree is a course that combines undergraduate and postgraduate study into one. Students join the programme as undergraduates and study Bachelors level modules, before moving onto Masters level modules in the latter half of the course. There is no need to re-enrol or re-apply – you’ll be studying one degree, rather than two separate ones.

If they choose, students will sometimes have the chance to graduate before the end of the full programme with a Bachelors degree.


2. Is an Integrated Masters recognised as a postgraduate level qualification?

Yes, if a student successfully completes all of the modules on an Integrated Masters, they will gain a recognised postgraduate level 7 Masters qualification

Other examples of a level 7 qualification include:

  • Master’s degree
  • Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE)
  • Postgraduate diplomas and certificates
  • Level 7 awards, diplomas and certificates
  • Level 7 NVQ


3. How many postgraduate credits will I have gained at the end of an Integrated Masters?

Unlike full Masters courses, in which you’ll gain 180 Level 7 credits, you will usually graduate with 120 Level 7 credits at the end of an Integrated Masters. 

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4. What are the benefits of an Integrated Masters?

Most Integrated Masters are industry specific, designed to give students the key practical skills that they will need to excel in a particular area – be it Business, Engineering, Pharmaceuticals or beyond. By graduation, you’ll have developed deep subject knowledge, and be able to apply this in a real world context. You will also develop an exceptionally strong set of transferable skills including teamwork, problem solving, research and analysis. These are all skills that employers value highly.

Another benefit of an Integrated Masters is that you will transition easily from undergraduate to postgraduate study; you will gradually expand your knowledge, completing modules that have been handpicked to build upon one another logically. Plus, you will be able to continue from one level of study to another without the need to take a break, reapply or disrupt the flow of your learning.


5. Will I graduate with an MA or MSc, or something different?

As an Integrated Masters isn’t slightly different to a traditional stand alone Masters, so you won’t graduate with an MA or MSc. Instead, as they tend to be very industry focused, your Integrated Masters qualification will reflect the name of the subject area that it covers. For example, graduating with an Integrated Masters in Business, such as ours in Business and Management, will mean you gain an MBus. Alternatively, graduating with an Integrated Masters in Engineering will leave you with an MEng, an Integrated Masters in Maths would be an MMath and so on.


6. What are the entry points for an Integrated Masters?

The most common entry point for an Integrated Masters is after gaining A Levels or an equivalent (Level 3). Students can then expect to study for four years full time, or longer if they opt to take a placement or study part time. 

However, some programmes are a little more unique. For example, the Northumbria University Business and Management MBus, accepts students who have already achieved a relevant Level 5 qualification – such as an HND, Foundation Degree or Level 5 NVQ – at Level 6. We recognise that students have previous experience and knowledge, so they can fast-track their studies and complete the Integrated Masters in just three years, part time.

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7. How are Integrated Masters graded?

As this is an Undergraduate Masters qualification, most institutions will grade an Integrated Masters in a similar way to Bachelors degrees i.e. 1st, 2.1, 2.2. or 3rd.


8. How can I fund an Integrated Masters?

If you are studying in the UK, you can fund your Integrated Masters in the same way as any other graduate degree; this means you will apply through the undergraduate finance system rather than a postgraduate loan.

Funding and scholarships options for international students are likely to differ per institution; it’s best to check with the University before you apply to learn what you may be entitled to. 


Manage Your Future with an Integrated Masters in Business and Management (MBus)

If you’ve studied a business or management Level 5 qualification with at least 120 credits, our Business and Management Integrated Masters (MBus) will allow you to build upon your existing knowhow and accelerate to a Masters level qualification in just three years, part time. 



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