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What would you do with an extra year?

Whether you are looking to gain a deeper level of knowledge in your chosen specialism and differentiate yourself in the market place from other graduates, gain a global perspective on your subject whilst boosting your career prospects or gain relevant work experience which is crucial for securing the best possible job when you graduate, there are a number of ways you can extend your study with us.


Northumbria Integrated Masters

An integrated masters is an undergraduate masters that you study for a year at the end of your third or forth year.  There are various types of integrated masters, depending upon which undergraduate degree you are studying.

Who is eligible for an integrated masters degree?

Students who are currently on year two or undertaking a placement or study abroad year, and who have or will achieve a 60% overall average or higher are eligible to transfer onto the integrated masters programme.

 

What are the benefits of an integrated masters degree?

  • Gain a deeper level of knowledge in your chosen specialism
  • Differentiate yourself in the market place from other graduates
  • Access undergraduate funding to gain an undergraduate masters degree
  • Some integrated masters provide you with qualifications needed to progress to chartered status within your chosen career

 

What next?

If you are interested in transferring onto an integrated masters programme the first step is to speak to your programme leader:

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Integrated Master?

A full-time integrated masters programme is normally a 5-year programme (including placement year). The part-time integrated masters programme will differ in length, depending upon your entry point.  The final year of the programme consists of 120-credits at postgraduate level (Level 7).  Students graduate with an integrated masters award, providing them with a deeper level of knowledge in their chosen specialism.

Why is this relevant to me/what are the benefits?

Students who are currently on full-time second year or part-time fourth year of a programme or undertaking a placement year are eligible to transfer onto the integrated masters programme.

Benefits include:

  • Gaining a deeper level of knowledge in your chosen specialism
  • Differentiating yourself in the market place from other graduates
  • Accessing undergraduate funding to gain an undergraduate masters degree
  • Some integrated masters provide you with qualifications needed to progress to chartered status within your chosen career.

If students are seeking to enter Chartered professions an integrated masters is the most direct route as they fulfil all academic requirements for Chartered status. (B-level courses do not meet the full requirements, so B-level students would need to do a standalone Masters after graduation.) This applies to the following courses:

  • MEng (Hons) Architectural Engineering – accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)
  • MComp (Hons) Computer Science – accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
  • MEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering – accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering – accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • MEng (Hons) Mechanical and Automotive Engineering – accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

What is the entry criteria?

Students must achieve a 60% overall average at the first attempt in assessments in second year (full-time) or fourth year (part-time) to be eligible to transfer to an integrated masters degree.  

Once I transfer to the Integrated Masters programme do I need to achieve 60% average every year?

No, once you have transferred to an integrated masters programme the level average requirement for progression is 40%. You will need to achieve 50% or above in your final year to achieve your award.

I am on a placement or study abroad year, or am thinking of going on one.  Can I still transfer?

Yes. If you are on a placement or study abroad or have placement offer you can still apply to transfer onto the integrated masters. Transferring onto an integrated masters degree will not affect your placement year

Upon Graduation will I receive both a BEng/BSc/BA and an Integrated Masters award?

You do not receive both awards. Students who graduate from an integrated masters degree will receive the integrated masters award (MEng/MMath/MGeog/MPhys/MComp).

Will I be able to transfer onto an Integrated Masters degree if I have studied on a Northumbria University foundation year?

If you have studied on a foundation year you are eligible to transfer onto an integrated masters and may be able to secure funding via Student Finance England.  However, funding is dependent upon what funding you have previously received during your student journey. You are advised to speak to Student Support and Wellbeing Team at Northumbria University if you are unsure.

What do I need to do next if I am interested in the Integrated Masters?

If you would like to find out more about the integrated masters, please contact your programme leader in the first instance. 


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