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Postgraduate prospectus

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Ready to study or research in a more advanced way?

Go further with a postgraduate degree.

With our postgraduate, Master’s, research and PhD qualifications you develop valuable skills, innovative knowledge and expert contacts. It’s an amazing way to take your career to the next level.

We’ll connect you with renowned academics, researchers and inspired students. You’ll join a community that help each other to discover new things and support global initiatives. We’d love you to join us.

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.

In this prospectus we’ll explain the various benefits of studying or researching at postgraduate level. And most importantly, how you can use this experience to help you reach your goals.

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Your postgraduate goals

On top of furthering your skills and qualifications, people study at postgraduate level for plenty of reasons.
Take a look at how we can help you reach your individual goals.

Empower me to switch careers

We’ll support you to grow in confidence and develop your skills. There’s still time to have real-world experiences and work with renowned experts to land your dream job.

Advance my research

Join our subject communities to explore your specialist interests.

Collaborate with renowned experts and support initiatives that change the world.

Help me decide

It’s ok to not know what’s next – we’ll help you decide. There are lots of opportunities to experience, people to share ideas with and support to be yourself.

Boost my career

We’ll help you jump into new opportunities to get ahead. Think internships, placements, meeting the right people and developing game-changing skills.

Support me to work and study

We’ll help you to balance work and study.With our flexible study options, you’ll have the confidence to develop your career alongside your other responsibilities.

Progress my UoG journey

If you’re not ready to leave yet, we’d love you to stay in our community. We’ll work with you to take your skills and experience into new areas and more advanced levels.

Come and explore

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Careers

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. Qualifications and education are important to progress. 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 ShankarPhD Landscape Architecture

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 ClarkPGCE Secondary (History)

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 finally 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 VallanceMSc Professional Practice in Sports Coaching

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Finance, fees and funding

Students who successfully complete a University of Gloucestershire undergraduate degree in 2021/22 and begin their Masters or diploma in 2022/23 will get a 20% discount off their fees. Graduated in an earlier year? You’ll get a 10% discount. Chevron icon

Postgraduate loans and bursaries

Home students applying for taught and research courses can benefit from a non-means tested loan from the government.

If you’re studying for 2, 3 or 4 academic years, the loan will be divided equally across each year of your course. The loan will be a contribution towards the costs of study and paid directly into your bank account. Whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs will be at your own discretion.

We have a range of fee waivers, scholarships and bursaries available for 2022/23, including for PGCE students.

Find out more about Fees, loans, bursaries and money advice.

International scholarships and grants

We welcome students from 60+ countries. Supported by a global network of agents and partners, our International Team are here to help you every step of the way – including international bursaries and scholarships.

New, international-fee-paying students may be eligible for a £3,000 fee waiver or 50% off their 2022/23 postgraduate taught tuition fee.

Postgraduate taught fees

Research fees

Professional fees

*These fees are the same for Home and International students.

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Taught course fees vary – you can check specific fees on each course page.

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Part-time students pay the same fees as the full-time students, though your payment schedule will depend on how long it takes to complete your course or research programme at a part-time pace.

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Support

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.

Our university is a home away from home – a community that shares their interests and supports each other every step of the way. You’ll always have someone to talk to if there’s anything we can help you with.

A safe and connected environment

We’re making sure all students receive the support they need – both for their studies and to experience as much of an enjoyable and positive university experience as possible.

Even if there are any COVID-19 restrictions, we’re proud that our students and staff have supported each other since the pandemic started. We all work together to keep everyone in our community safe.

We have 24/7 security to take care of you and both Cheltenham and Gloucester have Purple Flag status. This award celebrates social vibrancy and diversity in the evenings, but also acknowledges that both areas uphold a reputable level of safety as part of their night-time economy.

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Accommodation and travel

Halls of residence

If you’d like to live with other students, we have postgraduate areas in many of our halls of residence. They’re all located in great locations for our campuses in Cheltenham and Gloucester – with convenient facilities and easy travel options.
Halls of residence

In Cheltenham you could apply to live in on-campus accommodation, student villas or the high-spec Pittville Student Village – a hub of 800 student rooms with on-site facilities.

In Gloucester there are on-campus cluster flats with en-suites or there’s Blackfriars – a modern mix of en-suite rooms, townhouses and studios near Gloucester Quays.

“I chose to live in university accommodation as it was in close proximity to the campus, which really helped me to be closer to the postgraduate research room and the business school.

In addition, as well as making new friends, the university accommodation allowed me to find study partners – never underestimate the power of teamwork. Living in the halls of residence provided me with a strong sense of community. When I moved in, the housemates were welcoming and everyone got along really well.”

Bilawal KhanPhD student

The best of city and country

If you’re new to Gloucestershire, our county isn’t what you might expect. As well as plenty of cheese(!), we’re also home to over 45 festivals a year – including world-famous literature, science, jazz and music festivals.

Those that know Gloucestershire well know it’s a great combination of city and country living. You’ll be able to spend time in our historic and innovative campuses in Gloucester and Cheltenham. You can enjoy the lively culture and nightlife alongside the gorgeous walks and adventure of the Cotswold Hills and the Forest of Dean.

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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.

Search our courses below or view all of our taught and research courses.

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Discover our postgraduate courses