Masters, post grad diploma, post grad certificate
What is it?
For Master's courses, the normal entry requirement is a degree. However, universities also value skills, experience and knowledge gained through work and life and other qualifications - these can sometimes gain you entry to a Masters level course even if you do not have a degree.
Masters level courses are known as 'postgraduate' qualifications. Generally, they lead to four main types of qualification:
- postgraduate certificates
- postgraduate diplomas
- masters degrees
Most types of postgraduate qualification will include taught and research elements and many offer opportunities for part time study. There are a huge range of subjects to choose from which are are often linked to a specific profession. You can study a subject that's new to you, or choose a subject that builds on the knowledge and skills you gained during employment or education.
Where could I study?
You can study for a postgraduate qualification at universities and via distance learning through the Open University and, sometimes, as an external student of a university.
How long will it take me?
Postgraduate qualifications normally take between 9 and 12 months to complete full-time or longer part-time.
Options after the course?
Postgraduate qualifications may help you enter a new field of work, help you progress in your career, or might help you enter a job at a higher grade - evidence suggests further qualifications earn enhanced salaries: postgraduates are valued by employers for their maturity, developed research skills and commitment. You may also be able to continue academically into a PhD.