Postgraduate Degrees

UK Postgraduate Degrees can be divided into various categories:
  • Taught Masters Degrees
    MA: MSc: MBA: Med: LLM: MMus: Mlitt.

    The titles vary with the academic specialism and the traditions of the university.

    In general a Masters degree usually means studying a narrow subject area and the specialisms offered by each university depend on the expertise of the academic staff. For example, doing a Masters degree that focuses on Finance, or International Trade Law, or Environmental Engineering, or Nuclear Engineering, etc. However Masters programmes like the MBA are more generalist in nature and provide exposure to a wide range of management/business related topics/areas.

    Most courses offer a choice of modules but you should research carefully to make sure the course contains the subject elements that are important to you.

    Assessment is usually a mixture of coursework, examination and project work with a dissertation, but again varies with the subject and the university.
  • Integrated Research & Taught Postgraduate Degrees
    DBA: EdD: EngD: MRes:

    These programmes reflect the research interests of the university and usually the working experience of the student.

    They contain a substantial proportion of taught modules usually in the latest areas of research.

    It varies between universities but the taught element is between 30% and 50% of the programme.

    The remainder is your own research leading to a thesis.

    Unlike full research degrees, the actual subject of your research is usually decided during the programme.
  • New Route Doctorates
    PhD. D Phil

    A number of UK universities have joined a consortium drawing up programmes for what they call “new route” doctoral programmes i.e. the New Route PhD.

    They are closely linked with the research expertise of the university.

    As with all research programmes there are courses in research methodology but these programmes also include a major taught element directly related to the research, in the first year.

    The New Route PhD programmes are normally 4 years in duration.
  • Research Degrees
    M.Phil: MSc: PhD. D Phil

    The usual research degree places the onus of learning on the individual, with supervision by a member of the university research staff.

    The degree will give you training in basic research methodology, and allow you to attend lectures at the university.

    But you will need to send a research proposal with your application because finding a supervisor who is available and right for your research is the key to success.

    It is advisable for preliminary contact to be made with potential supervisors before a formal application is submitted.

    The research can sometimes be carried out partly in Malaysia if suitable facilities and a local supervisor can also be found.