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Finding courses

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Before you start looking for courses, it's advisable to find out the types of courses that are on offer.

Postgraduate taught programmes

  • Usually delivered via lectures and seminars. Sometimes you will still have to complete a dissertation or project 
  • Programmes include masters courses (MA or MSc), postgraduate diplomas or certificates, professional qualifications and other specialist courses

Research degree

  • Involves the in-depth study of a specific subject area and is usually related to your first-degree subject. Research is largely self-directed, and consists of writing a thesis or dissertation, with support from a supervisor
  • Typically these are doctoral degrees (PhD or DPhil) which last three years or longer and masters degrees by research (MA, MSc, MPhil or MRes) which last 12 months full-time


Where to look


Careers and Employability Service

University of Nottingham
Portland Building, Level D
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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