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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Go further with a postgraduate or professional qualification from the University of Gloucestershire.

A postgraduate degree will allow you to develop the vocational skills and knowledge you need to either enter a specialist field or to climb the career ladder.


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Rebecca Teasdale

"The course affirmed a lot of my experiences, but it also taught me all new approaches and perspectives that have gone on to change and inform not only how I work, but also the company I work for too. It's one of the best things I've ever done."

MSc Human Resource Management graduate​

Many of our postgraduate courses are accredited by professional bodies which mean you can gain exemptions towards professional qualifications while studying for your degree.

Grow your professional network through studying with a community of professionals from different areas of industry. Learn from specialists from the creative industries, business, accounting and finance, computing, sciences, education, health and sport.

Postgraduate taught degrees

You can view our postgraduate taught degrees below.​ 


MDes Creative Advertising

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate degree and get a master of design in creative advertising. Teamwork and communication skills are at the heart of the course.

Cyber Security and Computing

Game Development


Developed by industry veterans this MSc in Game Development gives you the skills you need to gain an edge in the competitive world of game development.


MDes Graphic Design

Full-Time / Part-Time

Considering a Masters in graphic design? MDes Graphic Design is a diverse course that will extend your portfolio and allow for global career progression

Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Conservation GIS

Postgraduate Certificate

This course provides core knowledge of GIS to support conservation action and evaluate its biodiversity outcomes.


Educational Leadership

Full-Time / Part-Time

Looking for a Masters in educational leadership? This degree is designed for the next leaders in education, giving them the skills to progress and reform

PGCE Primary Education


Need a PGCE Primary qualification? This Teacher Training Primary Education course helps develop your teaching practice in a supportive learning environment.

PGCE Secondary Education (PGCE Secondary)


Earn a PGCE qualification with this Teacher Training (Secondary) course, enabling you to enter an exciting career using your degree subject knowledge

Special Educational Needs (PG Cert)


Looking into SEN courses? This National award for special educational needs coordination enables you to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate and NASENCO Award


Electrical & Electronics Systems Engineering

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate degree and get a Masters in Electrical & Electronics Systems Engineering, a course designed to develop you for industry or continue your engineering research.

Engineering Management

Full-Time / Part-Time

Develop your understanding of key aspects of engineering management and how they fit into the context of modern industrial sectors.

Industrial Control Engineering

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate degree and get a Masters in Industrial Control Engineering, a course designed to develop you for industry or continue your engineering research.

Industrial Internet of Things

Full-Time / Part-Time

Prepare to be creative and innovative in addressing challenges from the implementation of the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 and 5.0

Industrial Sustainable Energy

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study an engineering postgraduate degree and get a Masters qualification in Industrial Sustainable Energy.

Industrial Systems Engineering

Full-Time / Part-Time

This new multi-disciplinary MSc course will equip you with the necessary creative and technical theory, skills and methods for optimising complex engineering systems in order to improve process efficiency and product quality in the IoTs era.

Mechatronics Engineering

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate degree and get a Masters in Mechatronics Engineering, a course designed to develop you for industry or continue your engineering research.

Health and Social Work

Advanced Clinical Practice

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate degree and get a masters in Advanced Clinical Practice. This programme enables experienced healthcare professionals to acquire and develop skills and knowledge.

Advanced Professional Practice


Students will develop the skills required to challenge received wisdom and employ diverse and innovative methods of investigation and research.


Human Resource Management

Full-Time / Part-Time

Deepen your understanding of human resource management and network alongside professionals with a rich mix of experiences

Human Resource Management (Masters Stage)

Full-Time / Part-Time

MSc Human Resource Management is a Masters degree for professionals with existing qualifications that wish to progress to more senior management positions


Legal Research (Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/LLM Legal Research)

Interested in a postgraduate law degree? This exciting and dynamic LLM programme will enable you to carry out legal research in an area of personal interest




Study for an MA in Animation. Create practical materials and footage, learn to write story and script & work with actors to bring life to your creations.

Sports Communications and Digital Media

Full-Time / Part-Time

This masters degree will teach you how to produce top-quality media content and develop sophisticated strategic communications plans for sports brands.




This Masters degree in psychology (MSc) is a postgraduate course for any student wishing to pursue a career in psychology, while gaining BPS accreditation

Sport and Exercise

Sports Performance Analysis

Full-Time / Part-Time

Sports Performance Analysis (MSc) is a masters degree which offers transformational work placements, enabling you to become an experienced practitioner

Teacher Training

Assessment only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

This course offers an assessment only route to gaining Qualified Teacher Status.

PGCE Primary Education


Need a PGCE Primary qualification? This Teacher Training Primary Education course helps develop your teaching practice in a supportive learning environment.

PGCE Secondary Education (PGCE Secondary)


Earn a PGCE qualification with this Teacher Training (Secondary) course, enabling you to enter an exciting career using your degree subject knowledge

View our postgraduate research degrees​ and professional courses​.


Student focus

Pearl Liu

"I started university a little late so had a few questions when I arrived. The university helped me a lot. The staff eased my concerns and told me exactly what I needed to do. At the same time I had a personal tutor who was really supportive and helped me a lot with my professional practice and career guidance."

MA Landscape Architecture graduate​​

What is a postgraduate degree?

Postgraduate degrees are an additional qualification that you can study for once you’ve completed an undergraduate degree. The subject of a postgraduate degree does not have to be related to your previous studies and it can be undertaken at a different univ​ersity.

Some undergraduate degrees like our Industrial Control Engineering (MEng) have a fourth or fifth year bundled in with them comprising postgraduate degree level 7 modules. Students on these integrated courses will graduate with both an undergraduate degree and a postgraduate degree in one subject and wouldn’t usually take a break between different levels of study. 

What type of postgraduate degree are available?

Postgraduate degrees can broadly be split into two categories; postgraduate taught or postgraduate research.

Postgraduate taught degrees include Master’s degrees, common examples of which include Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc) and Master of Engineering (MEng).

Master of Research (MRes) degrees offer a more research-intensive route to a postgraduate degree, with up to 60% of the course focused on individual, original research. However, this still falls into the postgraduate taught degree category.

Postgraduate diplomas and certificates are also available. These provide a qualification at the same level as a master’s degree but are shorter as they are composed of fewer modules. An example of a common postgraduate certificate is the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). This is an internationally recognised qualification that often features as part of a teacher training course or as a qualification in its own right. Find out more about our PGCE Primary Education and PGCE Secondary Education courses.  

Teaching and research for postgraduate taught degrees usually happens at the university that offers the degree, but some teaching and research may also take place in a commercial setting if there is an industry research partner or sponsor involved.

A further type of postgraduate taught degree can be classed as professional, an example of which is the University of Gloucestershire’s MBA Business Administration (MBA). This may be undertaken in a commercial setting such as the student’s existing place of work, with the taught element taking place at the university.

Postgraduate research degrees include masters of research (MRes) and doctorates (PhD/DPhil). MRes degrees are undertaken in 1-2 years, and doctorates normally take three or more years to complete and are based on undertaking original research into your chosen subject. This is done with a view to writing a thesis which is a written summary of your research project, coming in at anything between 10,000 to 120,000 words. The University of Gloucestershire offers a range of postgraduate research degrees across a number of subject areas. 

Find out more about our postgraduate research degrees.

Who can study for a postgraduate degree?

Anybody can apply to study for a postgraduate degree. In order to be accepted onto a postgraduate degree you will, in most instances, need to have completed an undergraduate degree. In some cases this will need to have been in the same subject as the postgraduate degree that you want to study, but the university will decide this and specify entry requirements.

Postgraduate degrees are something that a lot of mature students choose to do, often years after completing their undergraduate studies, having taken time out of higher education to work in industry and gain experience or raise a family.

Postgraduate degrees also offer an opportunity for international students to study in a different country, having gained an undergraduate degree in their home country. This allows international students to go abroad and study at institutions in countries which may be world-leaders in their chosen field. This creates diverse research communities with common interests and aspirations, overseen by dedicated supervision teams who support and encourage student development.

What postgraduate degree courses are available at the University of Gloucestershire?

The University of Gloucestershire offers postgraduate taught and postgraduate research degrees across a wide range of subject areas including Business and ManagementCyber Security and ComputingEcology and Environmental SciencesHealth and Social Work and Media.

Many subjects have a master’s and research option so you can progress from a postgraduate taught course (MA) or Master’s by Research (MRes) to a doctorate (PhD). Postgraduate degrees at the University of Gloucestershire have intakes beginning in February and October each year. 

Take a look at our postgraduate guides to get an idea of the postgraduate degrees we offer

What are the benefits of studying a postgraduate degree?

Studying a postgraduate degree provides a more detailed look into your subject of choice and will involve an element of original research. The amount of research involved varies between courses and qualifications.

A one or two year master’s degree will comprise around 60% original research with the rest of the content being taught. Undertaking this level of research will develop your expertise in your chosen area to a point where you’ll be ready to enter a specialist field of employment or confidently make a career change.

In comparison, a doctorate lasting three or four years will be almost exclusively original research leading to the publication of your doctoral thesis. This option is likely to be undertaken by those wishing to go on to further academic research, teaching or lecturing.

Postgraduate study will also enhance your skills and abilities in the following areas, all of which will help to enhance your CV and make you an attractive proposition to employers: 

  • Research
  • Communication
  • Data analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Project management
  • Real-world, original problem solving
  • Organisation and time management

Why should someone looking for a postgraduate degree choose the University of Gloucestershire?

The University of Gloucestershire is a well-established centre for postgraduate degree study. If you choose to come here, you can expect to be taught or supervised by staff who have a solid background in research, many of whom are actively engaged in their own research projects.

We have well-known, nationally and internationally-recognised subject experts among our academic staff, including Dr. Jane Monckton SmithProf. Adam HartProf. Anne Goodenough and Prof. Richard Billingham.

This helps to create a postgraduate environment with a wide range of development opportunities that students can take advantage of. Strong research subject communities will support you to further your interests in your chosen field and provide subject and methodological expertise. Our Research Priority Areas (RPAs) are themes built on our existing research strength and areas for investment in the future.

How can someone apply for a postgraduate degree at the University of Gloucestershire?

Unlike undergraduate degrees for which applications are made via UCAS, you make postgraduate degree applications directly to the university. The exception to this is applications for PGCEs which are made via UCAS.

Take a look at our postgraduate guides to get an idea of the postgraduate degrees we offer and get a feel for the structure of the course you’re interested in and whether you think it’s right for you.

To help you decide and to provide more information, you can visit the university and get a feel for the campus where you’ll be studying. We run postgraduate open days and a meet the lecturer programme, giving you the chance to have an informal chat with the academics that have expert knowledge of the course or courses you’re interested in.

Once you’ve decided which course you want to apply for, you can apply online by following the application links on the course page.

Research degrees require additional material to be supplied with your application including your research proposal, CV, copies of degree certificates and transcripts and referee details. Additionally, international students will need to submit evidence of English language proficiency.

Find out more about applying for a research degree.

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