Master’s Study


Our master’s 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 master’s degree programmes.

We encourage you to take a look at our courses and research degrees to find the right one for you. You can also learn more about master’s funding or discover our upcoming master’s events.

Master's and Postgraduate Courses

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Master of Business Administration

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Research Degrees

Research degrees at UON

Distance Learning

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How to Apply

How you can make your application

CPD Programmes

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Master's Open Days and Events

Thinking about going to university? It's an important decision and our staff are here to help. Our master's events give you the opportunity to ask questions and find the answers you need to make an informed choice.

20% Off Master's 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 Master's Study

  • A master’s degree qualification is the next level after a bachelor’s degree. Our master’s 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) master’s courses and research degrees. If you’re studying full-time, your master’s 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 master’s courses is to come and speak to us. We have dedicated master’s drop-in sessions at all of our Open Days throughout the year.

    At these sessions, you can speak to our master’s 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 master’s events page to find out when the next master’s 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 master’s 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 master’s 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 master’s course study options?

    Our master’s courses can be studied on a Full time, Part-time or Distance Learning basis. Please view our courses and filter by master’s 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 master’s study?

    A taught master’s 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 master’s 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 master’s 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:

    Can I defer my place?

    Yes, you can. All you need to do is drop an email to 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 master’s 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 master’s degree as an international student?

    When applying for a master’s 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 master’s study?

    Each course has their own entry requirements. Generally, most master’s 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 master’s 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 master’s 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.

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