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Get a head start with a UK postgraduate degree


 While you're here, you'll be immersed in English, the world's most important business language. At the same time, you'll be part of a truly international community - you may find as many as 50 different nationalities on a single campus.

A master's degree, PhD or MBA from a UK university will prove to employers that you're capable of independent thought and self-discipline. They’ll know you can conduct and analyse your own research and make a real contribution to their company or organisation.

UK postgraduate study that suits your needs

The wide range of UK postgraduate courses on offer gives you great flexibility. You can start by enrolling on a postgraduate diploma course (PG Dip), then transfer to a master's degree, or begin by taking an MRes (master of research), which could lead on to a PhD. It's up to you.


How long is a UK postgraduate course?

Full-time postgraduate courses in the UK vary from one year to four years, depending on the type of course you choose:

    • One-year courses: Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma, Master's degrees, MBAs
    • Three to four-year courses: PhDs, New Route PhDs
    • Taught master's (MA, MSc, LLM, Med, etc.)

Taught master's courses generally last for one year and consist of two elements. You'll complete a number of modules (attending lectures and seminars, writing essays and taking examinations) and produce a dissertation from original research.

    • Research master's (MRes, MPhil)

On a master's degree by research in the UK, you won't typically attend lectures; instead you'll devote the entire year to research. Your final mark will be determined by the quality of your dissertation.

    • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

An MBA is a specialist business taught master's course that will give you a real step up the managerial ladder. It's the best-known and most popular postgraduate qualification.

    • Doctorate (PhD)

A PhD, also know as a doctorate, takes three to four years to complete, during which time you'll be working on a single research project. In your final year, you'll be asked to present a dissertation of approximately 100,000 words.

New Route PhDs include taught elements as well as a research project and give you the opportunity to undertake interdisciplinary study.

Source British Council


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