Postgraduate qualifications offered by the Department are Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters of Science (MSc), Masters of Studies (MSt), and DPhils.
Master of Science (MSc) by coursework
These degrees are generally offered in Science or Social Science subjects and typically require students to undertake one year of study. The exact composition of the course will vary according to the programme of study, but will often comprise a range of core and optional modules, supported by teaching in the form of lectures and seminars. Assessment is by a combination of course assignments (in many cases including a dissertation of around 10,000–15,000 words) and written examinations.
Master of Studies (MSt)
Students are normally required to undertake three terms of study followed by an examination. The exact composition will vary according to the programme of study, but will usually involve a range of core and optional courses often including research methods and the submission of a dissertation of 15,000–20,000 words. Study is supported by seminars and lectures. Assessment may be by coursework as well as by examination papers and dissertation. Some course elements may be common with Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programmes and it is possible in some cases to progress subsequently to either the MPhil or DPhil.
Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates are typically one to two year part-time courses, flexibly structured. Postgraduate Certificates can act as a precursor to further academic study, and as an enhancement to one's professional qualifications.