Our postgraduate degrees

Postgraduate study is a level above undergraduate study, and consequently places serious academic demands on you as a student. There are essentially two different types of postgraduate study: taught programmes and research degrees.

We offer a full range of postgraduate programmes at both taught and research level.

Masters degrees and taught programmes

The life of an MA student is busy. When I applied I was aware there would be a step up, but the levels of commitment demanded from you are pretty large. Not so large that they’re unmanageable, but you do have to dedicate a lot of your life to organisation and reading.

That said, this has undoubtedly been the best six months of my life. I can’t wait to begin my dissertation in April.

Tom Oberst, MA Classics and Ancient History.

The majority of our taught programmes 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.

MA, MSc, MRes

We offer the Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc) and the Master of Research (MRes). The MRes degree (not to be confused with the Masters by Research (MbyRes) 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. We also offer specialist taught postgraduate degrees, such as the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Laws (LLM).

Part time study and distance learning

Part-time study

Most Masters programmes are 11-12 months full-time, with many programmes also available for part-time study and lasting roughly twice as long. Please note that international students are subject to visa regulations which normally prevent part-time study.

Distance learning

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. Some programmes are delivered via ‘block teaching’; intensive 1-2 week bursts of on-campus lectures, seminars, and activities, which can fit more easily around your working life.

PgCert and PgDip

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

Contact hours

Contact hours vary widely between programmes: science courses can involve an almost 9-5 schedule of lectures, talks, meetings, and lab sessions; whilst humanities degrees may feature only a few hours of timetabled classes a week, but will require you to undertake a substantial amount of reading and research outside of official teaching hours. If you are studying full-time, expect to be working approximately 40 hours per week towards your degree.

Professional programmes

Our portfolio includes a range of programmes specifically developed for working professionals, with particular expertise in business, education, medicine and healthcare, clinical psychology, mining and engineering, law, film, security, and public administration.

These programmes include research degrees, such as professional doctorates, and taught degrees, which are often delivered by block, blended, or distance learning to enable you to fit them around your working life.

By following one of our professional development programmes you will benefit from the same high-quality education and research-led teaching as our traditional academic degrees, with increased industry-specific focus and access to extensive professional networks.


MA Anthrozoology

Business Studies

As well as the MBA - Exeter MBA, we offer a range of programmes in Accounting, Finance, Business and Management, and Economics.

Clinical Psychology

We offer a range of professional programmes in Clinical Psychology, including High Intensity Psychological Therapies, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapies, and Evidence Based Psychological Practice. Please see the Psychology subject pages for the full range of programmes available.


Our Education programmes suitable for professionals include professional doctorates (EdD), as well as:


EngD Engineering (Doctoral programme) - link goes to our Postgraduate Research site.
MSc Structural Engineering


International Film Business MA


Within Law we offer the Graduate Law LLB conversion programme, as well as the LLM Master of Laws and MRes Socio-Legal Research

Medicine and Health

Applied Health Services Research and Environment and Human Health, both available at PgCert, PgDip, and MSc.


PGCert The Mining Lifecycle (Professional)
Mining Engineering (Professional) MSc

Public Administration

Masters of Public Administration (MPA)


MA Applied Security Strategy