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University of Bolton Masters

University of Bolton Masters, Undertaking postgraduate study needs careful planning and consideration.  It can often be very expensive, so you need to be clear about why you want to undertake further study, and ensure you find out everything you can about funding and costs before you make that final decision.

Some of the benefits of undertaking a postgraduate qualification include:

  • Pursuing a subject you enjoy
  • Will give you a competitive edge when competing for graduate positions
  • Enables you to specialise in your chosen field
  • Enables entry to academic careers
  • Helps to develop and enhance your employability skills

Taught Courses

The two main types of taught courses are Masters degrees and postgraduate certificates/diplomas.  They cover a wide range of subject areas. A Masters is usually offered either full time over one year or part time over two years.  Courses can include placements, practical or research projects and supervised lab work. Successful completion usually involves passing exams, assessed projects and submitting a dissertation on a relevant topic.

Research Degrees

The most familiar research qualification is the PhD.  Other possible courses are the MA and MSc degrees by research and the MPhil, which is sometimes taken before embarking on a PhD. A PhD involves ‘contributing new knowledge’ in a well designed research project or thesis that is worthy of publication.  There may be some taught units on the course but the PhD is awarded mainly on the quality of the final thesis.  They take three to four years full time or five to seven years part time, to complete. The majority of research degrees are taken at universities and higher education institutions.

Professional Qualifications

These are usually qualifications which have been awarded by professional bodies.  They involve practical training, allowing you to gain relevant job-related skills and experience in your chosen field.  Undertaking these qualifications can help with career progression, which could lead to an increase in level and salary.  They show you have a recognised level of competence and a commitment to developing your professional career.