What is postgraduate study?

Masters degrees and other postgraduate taught programmes

The following information describes the types of taught postgraduate degrees available at Exeter. If you wish to browse the range of taught postgraduate programmes available at Exeter, please visit the taught A-Z index.

The majority of taught postgraduate programmes at Exeter are Masters degrees. These normally combine advanced level tuition with the completion of a dissertation under the guidance of an individual member of staff. You will usually have a choice of modules so that you can tailor your programme to your own interests. Many of our taught degrees follow a flexible modular format whereby you can choose from a range of specialist pathways or combine modules from a range of areas.

We offer the Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc) and the Master of Research (MRes). The MRes degree, highly valued by employers, combines advanced subject-specific tuition with advanced level training in the methodological, analytic and research skills which are vital for the undertaking of further research. Also on offer are other specialist taught postgraduate degrees such as the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Laws (LLM).

Most Masters programmes are 11-12 months full-time, with many programmes also available for part-time study and lasting roughly twice as long. However, please note that international students are subject to visa regulations which normally prevent part-time study. Increasingly we offer distance-learning programmes which require little or no attendance at our campuses and enable you to study for a postgraduate qualification from Exeter, anywhere in the world. Programmes offered in this format are listed in our Distance Learning/Modular Study section.

Some of our Masters degrees can be taken in a shorter form, by omitting the dissertation or some of the taught modules. Whereas a Masters programme represents 180 credits of which around 60-90 credits will be for the dissertation element, a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) and a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) covering only taught modules are also available in a number of subject areas.

How could a Masters degree benefit you?

A Masters degree isn’t only about deepening knowledge in the subject you studied for your first degree. Today many graduates are taking a Masters degree to broaden their knowledge or to enhance their career prospects by studying subjects that are completely new to them. In addition to interdisciplinary programmes, which are open to graduates from a variety of disciplines, we have a growing portfolio of professional Masters degrees designed to meet the needs of today’s business world, developed in consultation with employers.