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There are generally three levels of postgraduate study in the UK, postgraduate certificate and diplomas, master’s degrees an doctorates (Phd) many international student are attracted to UK Universities and college by intensive master programs, some of which take only one academic year to complete, compare with two years in many other countries.
Postgraduate certificates and diplomas

Many International students choose to study for postgraduate diploma or certificates in UK. These are available in many subjects from education to management, an often accepted as professional qualification in the relevant field, in fact postgraduate diploma is same as master’s. But with out students having to write dissertation. For postgraduate diploma or Certificate you need to have equivalent degree from your country in relevant subject. Some institution may ask you to register for a postgraduate diploma as the first stage of a master’s program, while certain diploma courses enable you to transfer to master’s when you have completed them.

Master’s degree

There are two kinds of master’s course: taught and master’s, which are designed to help you move into career –related areas such as computer science information studies, teaching and law.

Taught master’s (MA, MSc, LLM, Med etc) A taught master’s course consists of two elements completing a number of modules and writing a dissertation. During the first part of the course, you attend lectures and take part in seminars. You then have to write an essay for each module and may also be required to sit examinations in the subject, the grades from which count towards your final degree. There may also be session on research on research methodology or academic writing skills. The second part of the course involves researching and writing a dissertation under the guidance of a supervisor who is normally a specialist in the field.

For most master’s degrees you simply pass or fail; there are no specific grades. The pass rate is high, and retakes of all or part of the course are generally available for those who fail at their first attempt. Outstanding candidates may graduate with distinction. Some four- year undergraduate courses culminate in master’s degrees although these are not considered to be postgraduate qualifications.

The letters you will be able to cite after your name will depend on the subject area you have studied –for example, MA for arts courses or Msc for science course.

Research Master’s (MRes, MPhill)

A master’s by research does not typically require students to attend lectures, as student devote the whole year to research. Some courses allow you to take a thought element as part of the course but your final mark will be primarily determined by the quality of your dissertation.

Doctorates

A research degree at masters or phd level is the ultimate opportunity for you to pursue your own specialist interests. You will be expected to initiate and develop your topic under the supervision of one or possibly two tutors. To be successful, you will need to demonstrate strong commitment and intellectual independence. There are several routes to gaining a doctorate. The Phd by research is the most common, but professional doctorates and New Route PhDs are increasingly popular

The PhD by research

It is usual to obtain a master’s degree before progressing to a PhD program, although it is possible to enter PhD directly, with a first class degree or a significant amount of relevant work experience. You would usually enroll as an MPhil student, and then need to satisfy your department that your capable of transferring to a PhD.

The course takes at least three or four year to complete when studied full time. Prior to the final year, you will engage primarily in research. You must then write a thesis – an essay or report typically 100,000 words long, which is based on an original idea and method, results and conclusion of your original research. Student are assigned a supervisor with whom they agree the project title or research area.

The choice of supervisor is crucial to your success and you should thoroughly investigate their own research record an standing in their field. Remember, lecturers an researchers are often absent for long periods, possibly up to a year, either on sabbatical leave to write books or to visit other universities. You may wish to ask if your supervisor intends to do this during your research.

New Route PhD

The New Route PhD a more formal structure than a PhD by research, and includes thought modules as well as an advanced research project. This offers a broadening and deepening of subject knowledge, and often there is an opportunity for interdisciplinary study. New Route PhD are available in nine core subject areas: Art’s, Humanities, Languages And Area Studies, Economics And Social Sciences, Business And Management, Science Mathematics, Engineering And Medicine. Find out more online at www.newroutephd.ac.uk
Professional doctorates

Professional doctorate programs usually lead to the award of a doctorate, which has a named subject area within the title of the award ( Such a Doctor of Education, EdD; Doctor of Clinical Psychology, ClinPsyD; Doctor of Business Administration, DBA). These programs focus on professional subject areas, rather than being purely academic, and include taught modules. It is possible that the research component will be part of the student’s professional work. These doctorate which are essentially vocational, are relatively new qualifications, but they are increasing in popular and availability.

Business studies are also increasingly popular with students from all countries. The MBS is the most well- known business qualification, but there plenty of other postgraduate courses that offers a good grounding for a career in business and management.