Swansea University

5. Programme Structure


A Taught Master's programme is a collection of discrete educational components of the academic level and content deemed to be appropriate for the award in a particular subject area. 


Candidates may qualify for an award upon successful completion of an approved modular programme of study provided either on a full-time or on a part-time basis.  The academic content of a part-time programme shall be equivalent to that of a full-time programme and the assessment must include a piece or pieces of directed independent learning.


The structure of Postgraduate Awards shall be as follows:

Postgraduate Certificate 60 credits
Postgraduate Diploma 120 credits
Standard Masters 180 credits (120 credits taught modules at Part One and 60 credits of directed independent learning at Part Two)
Extended Masters 240 credits (120 credits taught modules in Year One and 60 credits of taught/placement modules and 60 credits of  directed independent learning in Year Two)
Flexible Masters 180 credits (120 credits of taught modules and 60 credits of directed independent learning either to be conducted concurrently with the taught delivery, in a structured and discrete way or embedded within the taught components)


Colleges must specify the structure and delivery model of a programme at the point of programme approval.


All Postgraduate Taught Masters Programmes must offer 60 credits of directed independent learning or an approved alternative authorised by the Academic Regulations and Cases Board.