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Types of postgraduate degree

Do you know your PgDip from your PhD?

There are several different types of postgraduate qualifications you can work towards at the University of Bradford that fall into two groups - taught and research.

Postgraduate Taught

If you undertake a taught postgraduate course you will find the methods of teaching are similar to your undergraduate degree.

You will take a series of taught modules involving lectures, seminars and practical work, and you’ll be assessed through exams, dissertations and projects.

Find out more about the different awards available below.

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A Master’s degree shows you have gained a higher level of knowledge and understanding in a subject.

There are several different types, including MA (Master of Arts), MSc (Master of Science) and MEng (Master of Engineering).

They generally take a year to complete full-time, while some courses have part-time or distance learning options.

Your Master's degree could be connected to your Bachelor's degree, enabling you to specialise in a certain area, or you could choose to study something completely different.


A Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) can be a good introduction to a subject or help develop specialist skills in an academic or vocational area. The University of Bradford offers a range of PgCert qualifications for registered midwives, for example.

A PgCert can also form the basis of a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or Master’s degree.

A PgDip is similar to a Master’s but requires fewer credits to gain the qualification - 120 instead of 180. A PgDip in Archaeological Sciences, for example, does not require the completion of a research dissertation.


The internationally recognised Bradford MBA (Master in Business Administration) is designed for professionals.

If you have several years’ experience at management level and want to change career, boost salary and career progression, start a business or develop broad management expertise then an MBA may be for you.


The LLM, or Master's of Law, is an internationally recognised postgraduate law degree specialising in a particular field.

At the University of Bradford, for example, you can take the LLM International Legal Studies, which considers law in its international social, economic and political contexts.

Postgraduate Research

The University of Bradford's research generates technological advancements, societal and economic improvements, and healthcare and policy developments.

By undertaking a research degree here you will become part of a community of world-leading researchers continuing our history of innovation and the application of our knowledge, in order to find real-world solutions.

Find out more about the different postraduate research awards below.

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A Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) is the highest level degree you can do and is recognised and respected around the world.

Supported by a supervisor, you will undertake an independent research project resulting in an extensive thesis (up to 80,000 words), which will be reviewed and discussed by a panel of academics.

It takes at least three years to complete full-time and can be done over a longer period part-time.


The Master’s of Philosophy is an extended postgraduate degree which is largely research-based - resulting in a thesis of up to 40,000 words - and can form the basis of a PhD.


The University of Bradford also offers professional doctorates in Business Administration (DBA).

The DBA is the pinnacle of management education involving rigorous, concentrated study, ongoing research practice and continual, practical assessment.

With a DBA you can be considered a global expert in your field.


A Master by Research trains you in methods of research in a specific academic field and can be good preparation for a PhD.

At the University of Bradford, current postgraduate students and members of the research community can undertake an MRes.

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