Types of courses available

Types of course available

The University offers a range of taught postgraduate programmes, including:

Taught Master's Degrees (MA, MSc, LLM, MBA)

Typically a taught master's programme is one-year full time and two to three years part-time.

If you study on a full-time basis, you will take nine months of taught modules, followed by a three month dissertation or project of your own choosing. These degrees are modular in structure and you will have to obtain a total of 180 credits to qualify for the degree: 120 credits from taught modules (Part I) and 60 credits from the dissertation (Part II). You will have to successfully complete Part I before being allowed to progress to Part II.

Taught master's programmes contain built-in research and methodology skills courses, and specific departmental training courses which are essential for students both at master’s level or for those wishing to go onto higher degrees. Additional specialised training courses are also available during the academic year.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

A postgraduate diploma consists of 120 credits of taught modules, but unlike a taught master's programme, there is no dissertation to complete. Programme durations vary between subjects, but typically a PGDip would be one-year full-time and two to three years part-time.

As well as stand-alone postgraduate diploma programmes, some of our taught master's programmes offer the PGDip as an exit point on completion of the taught modules.

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

A postgraduate certificate consists of 60 credits of taught modules and is typically one-year full-time, two to three years part-time.

As well as stand-alone postgraduate certificate programmes, some of our taught master's programmes offer the PGCert as an exit point on completion of 60 credits of taught modules.

What can you study?

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Swansea offers taught master's, postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate certificates in a wide variety of subject areas - browse our course A-Z or use our course search to find a course that’s right for you.

We try to offer our students as much flexibility as possible which means that, in many cases, you can study a postgraduate degree outside your first degree subject: many of our courses are multidisciplinary in nature and allow students to cross boundaries between traditional subject areas.

We also offer a number of conversion courses which are open to graduates of any subject and will allow you to take your studies in a new direction.

Mode of study

Most of our taught postgraduate programmes are available for full or part-time study. Part-time study will allow you to fit your studies around your other commitments, and also to pay your tuition fees over a number of years.

Most of our part-time programmes are taught during the day, but some are based around block release, work-based learning or distance learning. These are listed in our Continuing Professional Development section, or you can use our course search to find a course with a mode of delivery that suits you.