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Degree types

Our taught degree programmes meet a range of needs. Many offer flexible learning options so you can combine study with personal commitments.

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 Arts (MA), Master of Sciences (MSc), Master of Architecture (MArch), Master of Clinical Dentistry (MClinDent), Master of Fine Art (MFA), Master of Laws (LLM), Master of Public Administration (MPA) and 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 (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.

Graduate Diploma – Grad Dip

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

Distance learning

An increasing number of UCL graduate programmes can be taken on a distance learning basis, whereby 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.