Studying a postgraduate taught degree allows students to specialise in an area that closely matches their interests, skills or career ambitions. Most postgraduate students build on the knowledge they gained in their undergraduate degree, but some courses allow them to change direction and study a completely different subject.
There are a range of master’s degrees available, including:
The master’s degrees are made up of modules totalling 180 credits. They usually consist of three stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters. Students will need to successfully complete each stage before progressing to the next.
Some of the postgraduate taught degrees are only available at Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma level – these include the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
The University of Derby offers a variety of postgraduate research degrees:
MPhil and PhD
These degrees allow students to undertake original research, resulting in the production of a thesis or creative work and a critical appraisal. This will then lead to the award of either a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The MPhil takes two years full-time or four years part-time. The PhD takes between three and six years, depending on whether students study full-time or part-time. For both awards students will be fully supported by two supervisors.
Students may wish to follow this route if they already have a series of research-informed published or creative works. They will need to prepare these works for examination and undertake a critical appraisal of them.
Professional or practice-based doctorate
Derby offers professional or practice-based doctorates in education, health and social care practice (in a named field) and professional practice. Unlike the MPhil and PhD degrees, these qualifications are all part-time, include a substantial modular-based element and students are expected to complete a thesis related to their area of practice.
As one of the UK’s leading providers of online learning, the University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) offers an alternative, flexible way to study for a postgraduate qualification.
There’s a wide range of courses for students to choose from and they will study in a structured and supported online environment. Students will be guided through their studies by a personal tutor and academic teams who are experts in their fields and specialists in online learning.
Students can study at a time and place to suit them, with access to course materials at any time of day or night. The content is engaging and interactive, and meets high academic and professional standards.
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