Our postgraduate courses are a fantastic way to widen your career prospects. You can gain detailed knowledge of a particular area that you find interesting with our diverse postgraduate degree programmes.
Postgraduate Open Days and Events
Thinking about going to university? It's an important decision and our staff are here to help. Our postgraduate events give you the opportunity to ask questions and find the answers you need to make an informed choice.
20% Off Postgraduate fees for Alumni
The discount scheme is open to graduates of the University of Northampton (UON) who enrol on a full Master’s programme with us. Qualifying students will receive 20% discount on the full tuition fee for their Master’s course.
More About Postgraduate Study
A postgraduate degree qualification is the next level after a bachelor’s degree. Our postgraduate courses give you the opportunity to study in a lot more depth the subjects you studied during your bachelor degree.
We offer both full-time and Distance Learning (DL) postgraduate courses and research degrees. If you’re studying full-time, your postgraduate course will usually be shorter than an undergraduate course. On average, these take a year to complete. With Distance Learning courses, the course duration might be slightly longer.
The best way to find out more about our postgraduate courses is to come and speak to us. We have dedicated postgraduate drop-in sessions at all of our Open Days throughout the year.
At these sessions, you can speak to our postgraduate representatives from the Faculty in which you’re looking to study. You can find out more about the course, ask any specific queries and see the facilities and services we offer, including a tour of our campus.
Please visit our Postgraduate events page to find out when the next Postgraduate-drop in session will take place.
We put you first. We dedicate a lot of our time and research into making sure you have the best experience you can whilst studying. We’re a modern institution that is changing and evolving to suit modern day needs and developments, such as online learning and work placements.
To learn more about the benefits of of studying a postgraduate degree with us, take a look at our top reasons why to choose us page.
We have put together a list of our frequently asked questions about postgraduate study to easily help you find the answer you need.
What are the entry requirements?
On average, courses expect an undergraduate degree award of 2.1 and above. Each course is different though, so please check the entry requirements on the course that you’re interested in.
What are my postgraduate course study options?
Our postgraduate courses can be studied on a Full time, Part-time or Distance Learning basis. Please view our courses and filter by postgraduate to find the right course for you.
How long will I study?
Here are the average study time periods in the UK:
- MA/MSc Full-time 12 months / Part-time 24 months / Distance Learning 12-36 month
- MRes/MPhil Full-time 18-36 months / Part-time 36-48 months
- PhD Full-time 3-4 years / Part-time 5-6 years
Should I study part-time or full-time?
The decision to study part-time or full-time is a personal one. It is dependent on how you like to study and how you can fit in your studies around your personal life and other commitments.
A full-time course can be more intensive and is normally completed within 12 months. Part-time courses can be split over 24 months.
We would advise you to look at your personal circumstances and decide which study option best suits you. Whether you decide to study full-time or part-time, our aim is to help you get the very best out of University through excellent teaching and helpful support.
What is the difference between taught and research based postgraduate study?
A taught postgraduate (PG) course is very similar to undergraduate study. It has seminars, lectures and assignments. Whereas a research based postgraduate course, such as a PhD, is a lot more independent. You will have tutorials but it will be mainly focused on your thesis with your supervisor.
On average, a taught PG course is 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time. A research PG course can take 18-36 months full-time or 36-48 months part-time.
What accommodation is available for postgraduate students?
We have numerous on-campus and town accommodation. This is normally reserved for our undergraduate students, but you are more than welcome to live in halls of residence as well.
We also have a list of approved private accommodation, if you would rather not live in halls.
If you want to speak to someone further about halls of residence, please email accommodation: email@example.com.
Can I defer my place?
Yes, you can. All you need to do is drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. Someone from the team will get in touch with you to discuss your circumstances further.
If you’re an international student considering postgraduate study with us, please find answers to some commonly asked questions below.
As an international student, can I study part-time?
Yes, but you must have the correct visa in which to do this.
How do I apply for a postgraduate degree as an international student?
When applying for a postgraduate course, you’ll need to apply directly to the university. You can do this through our website, and apply for your specific course. Some universities ask for an application fee.
Please see our how to apply page for more information.
What are the requirements for postgraduate study?
Each course has their own entry requirements. Generally, most postgraduate courses look for:
- For a taught masters, you will need a qualification that is comparable to a UK undergraduate degree of an award of a 2.1 standard or above. Alongside the qualification, enthusiasm, skill and knowledge are needed.
- For a PhD or a Master’s in Research (MRes), entry requirements may be higher. You need a master’s degree to study at a doctorate (Phd) level.
- If you want to become a PhD student, you will need to create a research prop.
Can I apply for more than one postgraduate course?
Similar to UK students, you can apply for more than one course. But you will have to pay an application fee for each course you apply for. It’s advisable to apply for more than one course, to improve your chances of being accepted.
How much are postgraduate fees for international students in the UK?
Course prices vary for international students. You will need to check each course to see the difference. Have a look at our courses to find out more.