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.

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UK government loans: you may be entitled to loan of up to £10,280 to help fund your postgraduate studies.

Qualifications

QualificationCreditsDuration
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 etc.) 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.

Graduate Diplomas

We also offer a number of stand-alone Graduate Diplomas, which last between nine months and one year.

MRes

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:

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:

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.

Visiting students

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.