Taught courses explained


What is a postgraduate taught course?

Studied over one year full-time, a masters degree is an intensive taught higher level academic degree with a dissertation or project. Masters degrees can provide anything from vocational training to preparation for further research and demonstrate a mastery or high level of knowledge of a specific field of study.

How will I study?

You will usually work in small groups and learning may take the form of:

  • essays
  • individual or group project work
  • a research dissertation, for which you will have close contact with the academics involved
  • industrial or business placements
  • problem-based learning
  • lectures
  • tutorials or discussion groups

How long will it take?

Where an undergraduate degree would normally take 3 years to complete, a postgraduate taught degree is more intense - normally taking one year.

What qualifications can I study for?

The University of Nottingham offers taught masters qualifications in:

  • Master of Architecture (MArch)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Education (Med)
  • Master of Laws (LLM)
  • Master of Science (MSc)

Other options include:

  • Master of Research
  • MA (by research)
    Masters (by research) courses give you the opportunity to carry out research over one year of postgraduate study. Individual schools decide on the delivery of their programmes. For example, some contain a taught component and others focus purely on research.
  • Diplomas (PGDip) and Certificates (PGCert)
    Postgraduate diplomas and certificates are generally vocational programmes of study, but can be structured in a similar way to masters programmes. They are usually assessed by exams and coursework, and a dissertation is not required. Duration — six-nine months (guide only)

Why should I study at The University of Nottingham?

Nottingham’s range of masters courses continually expands and develops in response to changes in society and the need to integrate the latest research findings. Our postgraduate taught courses are also developed in response to the views of employers to maximise the employment potential of our graduates.

As a masters student at Nottingham you will be exposed to the latest academic thinking and will have the opportunity to work with tutors who are leaders in their field. Masters courses can provide anything from vocational training to preparation for further research.

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