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Degree types

Degree types

Our graduate taught degree programmes are designed to meet a range of needs – they may provide a foundation for research, or a route to career advancement, for example – and many of them offer flexible learning options to allow you to combine your study with professional or personal commitments. 

Taught programmes normally begin at the start of the academic year in September.

Master’s programmes

These include Master of: Architecture (MArch), Arts (MA), Business Administration (MBA), Clinical Dentistry (MClinDent), Fine Art (MFA), Laws (LLM), Planning (MPlan), Public Administration (MPA), Science (MSc), Surgery (MS) Teaching (MTeach), as well as Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA).

Master’s programmes usually extend over 12 months full-time or two years part-time; an increasing number are offered on a flexible learning basis over three to five years. Many programmes offered by the Institute of Education combine face-to-face sessions with online learning. Please see individual programmes for information.

Master of Research – MRes

The MRes programme normally extends over 12 months full-time, though some may be offered part-time (please see individual programmes for information). The degree includes taught elements, a significant research component, and training in research techniques to form the basis for doctoral study or a research career.

Postgraduate Diploma – PG Dip

These programmes usually share an identical syllabus with the taught component of a corresponding Master’s programme, and extend over nine months full-time or two years part-time, or longer if flexible study is offered.

Postgraduate Certificate – PG Cert

These programmes offer a certificated qualification attained over a shorter period of study – usually 15 weeks full-time or over one to two years if taken flexibly. They usually consist of selected components of a corresponding Master’s or Postgraduate Diploma programme.

Postgraduate Certificate of Education – PGCE

These programmes offer a Master's level degree. Candidates usually spend three months studying at the UCL Institute of Education, before doing two placements at partner schools. Students graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling them to teach in maintained schools in England and Wales. 

Graduate Certificates and Diplomas – Grad Cert, Grad Dip

For details (including entry requirements) of free-standing Graduate Diplomas in Archaeology, Civil Engineering or Education please contact the relevant department. 

Distance learning

An increasing number of UCL graduate programmes can be taken on a distance learning basis, whereby some or all teaching is delivered online. Please see individual programmes for information.

Short courses and continuing professional development

Academic units may offer courses from taught programmes and/or short courses, seminars and summer schools to support continuing professional development or for general interest. See Life Learning website for more information.


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