Masters courses are available full-time over one year. They all involve six months of taught courses (including lectures, seminars lab work and field visits) during the Autumn and Spring Terms, with training in relevant ancillary skills through practical sessions, placements or language teaching. In the second half of their course students write, under supervision, a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on an appropriate topic.
Part-time study, spreading the course modules over two or even three years is also possible, with the dissertation in the final year.
Research degrees can be taken as full-time or part-time. In addition, it is now possible to do a PhD by distance learning.