Postgraduate part-time study
Postgraduate part-time study generally take two years to complete for a master's degree programme, although some offer the flexibility of longer time periods or require longer periods. A typical programme requires you to take one or two courses per term, with class sessions usually taking place during weekday evenings.
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Pros to postgraduate part-time study
Cons to postgraduate part-time study
Studying part time will be a more appropriate option for UK or European Economic Area (EEA) citizens, who will have few, if any, restrictions on the type or duration of work they can undertake while in the UK. Those who come from outside the EEA will find their work options much more limited by the UK immigration rules. See our Immigration and visas section for further information.
How long will postgraduate part-time study take?
Taught programmes are those in which a large proportion of the learning is facilitated through classroom, seminar, tutorial and supervised laboratory work and which are at least partially assessed by examination or course work. There are three levels of taught programme: Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) and Masters.
The learning on a research programme will take place through the pursuit of a self-directed project, which aims to make a new contribution to human knowledge, although it will also usually be part of a broader research programme at an institutional level. Research programmes at Masters level might be called a Masters in Research (MRes) or, regardless of the actual subject studied, a Masters in Philosophy (MPhil), which usually take two years. The highest research degree is the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), which can take up to six years of postgraduate part-time study to complete. Apart from some training in research skills, there will be very little taught content on research programmes. The dissertation will be longer, 70,000 to 100,000 words for a PhD. It should also be original and, in theory, publishable. Essentially, possessing a PhD should mean that you are one of the leading experts in your specialism in the world.
Certificates and diplomas
• PG Certificate (PGCert) or Diploma (PGDip): Up to two years part time
Find out more information about studying a Part Time Master's.
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