Postgraduate: Taught courses

Taught courses are usually facilitated through classrooms, seminars, tutorials or lab-based work, and tend to be assessed by coursework or examinations.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a selection of taught awards, such as:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) initial teacher training courses which focuses on developing teaching skills for the subject you intend to teach.
  • Master of Arts (MA) is normally awarded for a course in an arts subject
  • Master of Science (MSc) usually awarded for a course in a science or technology discipline
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) for those specialising in a course in business, management and administration.

Differences between the taught courses

A taught Master's course involves a period of study (lectures, seminars, and submitting coursework for assessment), followed by a period of supervised research from which a dissertation is produced.

Master's degrees usually follow this pattern; but postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate certificates usually omit the research and dissertation stage.

The Postgraduate Certificate, and Diploma courses, take under one year to complete and are usually studied by those who are continuing professional development (CPD).

However, the Certificates and Diplomas may also be awarded if students on a Master's course do not complete the final dissertation.

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