Further study opportunities
2. Types of courses
Types of courses: students are often surprised by the variety of courses available as a postgraduate so it’s important to do your research to ensure you’re choosing the correct option for you.
Certificate | Diploma (1 year): as a postgraduate you have access to vocational qualifications which train you in a specific area relevant to a career, for example, teaching, law, librarianship. In many cases, these are a prerequisite for that career path. However, there are exceptions. Once employed, the company/organisation you work for may fund you to complete a certificate or diploma to upskill in a relevant area.
Masters (1-2 years): there are two main types of Masters degree, taught and research-based, both requiring strong academic ability/a good honours degree. A taught Masters will include a taught curriculum followed by a research project, whereas a research Masters will focus primarily on a research project/s, followed by a dissertation. Like your undergraduate degree, you will choose your topics of study.
Doctorate (3-7 years): a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is an intensive self-directed research project which ends with the submission of a thesis. The research must make a unique contribution to the field of study. PhDs can have an industrial element which aims to make progress in a specialist area, more information is available using the below link.