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Postgraduate study options

There are a wide variety of study options available to our postgraduate students making it easier than ever to find an option that works for you.

We offer a range of online and offline, full-time or part-time, taught and research courses in a wide range of disciplines, varying in length depending on the qualification and the mode of study. Some build on previous study, while others are open to graduates of any discipline or those with relevant work experience.

Our focus is on giving you what you need to take that next step, whether that’s accelerating your career, starting something new or enhancing your subject knowledge.

Explore your options:

Taught Master's degrees

A full-time taught Master's degree usually involves a nine-month taught element and a three-month research project, so is likely to take 12 months to complete full time.

Part-time options are available on many courses, and length of study depends on the course delivery. It is quite common for the part-time route to take three years.

The award may be an MA (Master of Arts), MSc (Master of Science), or MBA (Master of Business Administration).

It may involve a detailed study of a particular aspect of your academic discipline, be vocational and accredited by a professional body, or be a course that provides a clear route into a profession, developing your knowledge and skills in a new subject.

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Routes into a profession

We offer a range of postgraduate courses that can give your career a new direction, regardless of the subject that you studied in your first degree.

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Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas

These often represent the initial stages of a taught Master's degree. Certificates require 60 credits and a Diploma requires 120 credits.

They normally take 9-12 months to complete full time. Part-time options are available on many courses, and length of study depends on the course delivery.

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Professional and short courses

Our professional and short courses enables you to develop new skills or enhance and update existing skills without committing yourself to long-term study. Some courses are aimed at the absolute beginner, while other courses are designed to further develop existing skills.

Professional and short courses are delivered in a range of formats including evening classes, day release, part time and full time.

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Professional Development Awards

Professional Development Awards (PDA) is a bespoke programme which offers you the opportunity to build your own degree using previous qualifications and experience, as well as new learning.

With a focus on work-based learning, the flexible structure allows you to tailor your course to your current work role and future career aspirations.

Find out more about the Professional Development Awards


Postgraduate research study

The PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) and MPhil (Master of Philosophy) are research degrees with little or no taught element. They take a minimum of two or three years to complete, and often longer.

The PhD is a higher academic qualification than an MPhil, but you don't need to take an MPhil first before going onto a PhD.

Find out more about research study at UWE Bristol

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