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Postgraduate degrees

There are many reasons to study at postgraduate level, which is why we deliver programmes to meet everyone’s needs.

No matter what your goal – from refining skills to a career change or boosting employment prospects, postgraduate study will help you meet your ambition.

What is postgraduate-level study?

It’s the next level of study after an undergraduate degree. You may need to have a relevant degree already, or your life/work experience might qualify you to start at postgraduate level.

There are taught Master’s courses which are often 1 year full-time or longer part-time – and typically have a range of modules, lectures and coursework. Or there are more self-directed research options which are completed over several years and involve collaborating with a subject community to develop your research.

Ranked in the Top 15 in the UK for postgraduate study*, our students benefit from our academic expertise and industry connections, advancing in their chosen field.
(WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2023)

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Postgraduate taught degrees

Taught courses including Master’s degrees (MA, MSc and MEng) and postgraduate qualifications (PGCE, PgCert and PgDip).

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Postgraduate research degrees

Research degrees including PhDs, Doctorates or Master’s by Research enable you to pursue your own research enquiry.

Postgraduate open events

If you’re considering postgraduate study with us, our events will help you discover our range of courses and study levels.

Studying at UoG

Our students and researchers collaborate with experienced practitioners and global organisations.

You’ll benefit from our connections with industry giants like Superdry, Raytheon, Intel, the BBC, Dreamworks, the NHS, British Airways and Universal Music. You’ll be joining an inspired community who help each other to reach their goals.

Our graduates go on to…

Specialise in sustainability

“I started as a Junior Landscape Architect after my undergraduate, then became Sustainability Advisor after my Master’s and a Senior Associate Director after my PhD. Postgraduate study always helps to get us to Chartered/Fellow level – and our opinions and views are respected and valued in the industry due to the knowledge and competency.” View Gayathiri’s profile on LinkedIn.

Dr Gayathiri Gowri Shankar, PhD Landscape Architecture

Dr Gayathiri Gowri Shankar

Prepare for new roles

“Being able to take this time to develop my skills as a trainee teacher and learn about pedagogy will definitely make me a better teacher in the long run for being able to have this time to learn. I have a job as a history teacher set up for September in Cambridge, so I’m looking forward to the summer break and settling in there for the next academic year!” View Hannah’s profile on LinkedIn.

Hannah Clark, PGCE Secondary (History)

Hannah Clark

Lead coaching camps

“My Master’s at UoG opened up so many doors for me – from furthering my elite coaching knowledge in my roles with the FA and England Futsal Squads, lecturing on the Sports Psychology for Coaches module at UoG and having two of my essays published in UK Coaching’s Applied Research Journal. Qualifications can open up other avenues and help you make lasting connections within your industry.” View Pete’s profile on LinkedIn

Pete Vallance, MSc Professional Practice in Sports Coaching

Pete Vallance

Paying for postgraduate study

UK Students

Students applying for taught and research courses can benefit from a non-means tested loan from the government, known as the Master’s Loan or the Doctoral Loan.

If you’re studying for 2, 3 or 4 academic years, the loan will be divided equally across each year of your course

If you are studying a PGCE course you may be eligible for a bursary and can benefit from a tuition fee and maintenance loan.

Find out more about all of our fees, loans and bursaries.

International students

New, international-fee-paying students joining in January 2023 may be eligible for a £3,000 fee waiver off their 2022/23 postgraduate tuition fee.

Full details on international funding.

Alumni scholarship discount: Students who successfully complete a UoG undergraduate degree will get a 15% discount off their postgraduate course tuition fees.

Support and accommodation

Our supportive community

You’ll never just be a number to us. Your mental health and wellbeing matter to us and you’ll have 1-2-1 support from day one.

Whichever way you’d like to study – full-time or part-time, a taught course or research, alongside a job or family/care responsibilities – we have outstanding support teams to help you.

Halls of residence

We have postgraduate areas in many of our halls of residence for students who wish to stay on or near campus.

We are pleased to offer an accommodation guarantee to make living and studying in Gloucestershire hassle-free.

How to apply

You can discover and apply for postgraduate taught courses, research degrees and professional courses using the course finder.

You apply through the relevant course page – here you’ll see all the info about the course content or research options, as well as the entry requirements you’ll need to meet.

Or if you’d like to do a PGCE, applications are made through gov.uk/apply-for-teacher-training.

Postgraduate degrees FAQs

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions on postgraduate study below.

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