There are two types of postgraduate degree in the UK: Taught and Research.


Taught – similar to a Bachelor’s degree (undergraduate), a taught postgraduate degree involves a series of taught modules. Students sit in on lectures, seminars, and do practical work, and are then assessed on their acquired knowledge through exams, group projects, dissertations, and practical work projects. These types of degree are more commonly known as a Master’s degree, and take a year to complete. Some UK Master’s degrees have a longer time frame of 18 months to 2 years, because they also include an industrial placement, giving you valuable UK work experience alongside your degree.

The most common taught postgraduate degree classifications include; MA (Master of Arts), MSc (Master of Science), M-Eng (Master of Engineering) and MBA (Master of Business Administration).


Research – a UK postgraduate research degree involves students learning from actively researching and working independently on research proposal. You will work closely with a supervisor, often someone who is more experienced in your area of research, and who will act as a mentor to you. UK postgraduate research degrees vary in length according to your level of study. For example, MPhil or MRes degrees take 1 to 2 years, whilst PhDs can take between 3 to 5 years.




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