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Types of Postgraduate Study

There is a large variety of postgraduate courses you can take from taught degrees, research degrees professional courses and even conversion courses if you ever decide to change direction!

Difference between a taught and research course?

Taught courses are usually 1 year long. They explore several modules and are assessed using the combination of course work, exams and a dissertation. Very similar to undergraduate study where you attend timetabled seminars and lectures.

A research course involves completing you own original academic research presenting your advanced knowledge of your field. You will still receive guidance and support from an expert supervisor.




  • Master of Arts (MA) – usually awarded in arts or social sciences subject courses.
  • Master of Science (MSc) – awarded to science subject courses.
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) – Can be taken both full-time or part-time. This course provides a key understanding in business practices and is highly valued by employers.
  • Master of Research (MRes) – provides training on how to become a researcher and contains a significant research element. Usually taken when an individual wants to pursue a PhD or a career in research.
  • Master by Research (MPhil) – This course allows you to focus on a particular topic in-depth and complete a research project on it. This usually takes longer to accomplish than other types of masters degrees.


Conversion courses 

A conversion course allows you to change direction and gain a qualification in a subject area which differs from your undergraduate degree. We offer a variety of courses that don’t need prior knowledge of that subject area from Architecture to Law.

Flexible learning

Northumbria offer a variety of part-time options for our postgraduate courses. Choosing a part-time course allows you to balance your busy lifestyle with your studies.

We also offer distance learning options which allows students to develop their skills and follow their passion without barriers.

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Which jobs require a masters?

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Change Direction

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Flexible Learning

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Fees and Funding

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