Postgraduate taught courses involve a series of modules on which you're assessed throughout your course.
Courses are delivered through a mix of lectures and seminars and you may be required to produce a dissertation. Most courses start in September.
UK government loans: you may be entitled to loan of up to £11,222 if your course starts on or after 1 August 2020, or up to £10,906 if your course started between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020 to help fund your postgraduate studies.
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|Master of Arts (MA)||180 credits||Full-time: One year
Part-time: Two years
|Master of Science (MSc)||180 credits||Full-time: One year
Part-time: Two years
|Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)||120 credits||Full-time: Nine months|
|Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)||60 credits||Full-time: Six months|
|Master of Research (MRes)||180 credits||Full-time: One year|
Contact hours and self-directed study
Contact time (time spent in lectures, seminars and more) and the time you will need to dedicate to self-directed study varies by course. For more information you could contact the relevant academic department.
MA and MSc
Studying a Masters degree will develop and build upon the skills and knowledge learned at undergraduate level. If you're already building a career, a Masters degree will add academic theory to professional experience.
Our MA and MSc courses typically last 12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time). Each module may have a value of 5, 10, 20, 30 or 40 credits.
On a full-time course, you'll normally attend lectures and produce coursework for the first six to eight months. Your performance will be assessed by means of assignments or examinations. You'll then have up to six months to produce a dissertation. This will be on a topic you choose with advice from your tutors. Dissertations are normally 15,000 to 20,000 words. Study times are usually doubled if taken part-time.
PG Dip and PG Cert
Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas allow you to specialise at Masters-level without the dissertation. They are often vocational in nature. They can allow you to progress further and faster in your chosen sector or open the door to a new career path.
They may be offered as a stand-alone qualification, or if you start a Masters and decide for whatever reason that you cannot complete the dissertation, you can still walk away with a qualification.
Postgraduate Diplomas normally last nine months. Postgraduate Certificates normally last six months. A small number of these certificates are available as stand-alone qualifications.
We also offer a number of stand-alone Graduate Diplomas, which last between nine months and one year.
Master of Research (MRes) degree courses at York are designed to provide research training and other skills for those intending to pursue careers in Social Policy, Social Work, Psychology and Management.
They are especially useful if you're intending to pursue a career in academic or industrial research or careers in industry where an understanding of research will be useful. They may involve work experience and research projects in collaboration with industry.
The following MRes courses are available:
- Social Policy (one year, full time or two years, part-time)
- Social Work (one year, full time or two years, part-time)
Professional training courses
Our professional development courses are designed for those working in or with public services, or who wish to enter certain professions. They include:
- Education (PGCE): for entry into teaching
- Social Work (MA): enables you to apply to register as a social worker
- Public Administration (MPA): for experienced public services managers who want to develop their understanding and skills
- Public Administration - International Development (MPA): for public services managers working in the field of international development.
Steps to postgraduate study
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) have developed a useful toolkit, 'Steps to postgraduate study' (hefce.ac.uk), to help you to ask the right questions about postgraduate taught study, including practical considerations and where to find further information.
If you're already studying a postgraduate degree at another university, you can apply to spend time at York as a visiting student. You could study with us for up to three terms before returning to your own university to complete your qualification.