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FAQs – Postgraduate study

What are the entry requirements?

On average, courses expect an undergraduate degree award of 2.1 and above, but each course is different so please check the entry requirements on the course that you are interested in.

What study options are there to study a postgraduate course?

Our postgraduate courses can be studied on a Full time, Part-time or Distance Learning basis. Please view our postgraduate courses on our website to find the right course for you.

Should I study part-time or full-time?

The decision to study part-time or full-time is a personal one and 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, whereas part-time courses can be split over 24 months.

Therefore we would advise you to look at your personal circumstances and decide which study option is best suited to fit around your other commitments. 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, with seminars lectures and assignments. Whereas a research based postgraduate course, such as a PhD, is a lot more independent, in which 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, whereas a research PG course can take 18-36 months full-time or 36-48 months part-time.

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

What accommodation do we have?

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 admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk with your request and someone from the team will get in touch with you to discuss your circumstances further.

International FAQs

As a international student can I study part-time?

Yes, but you must have the correct visa in which to do this.

How do I apply as an international student?

When applying for a postgraduate course you will need to apply directly to the university, 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, but generally most postgraduate courses look for:

  • for a taught masters, you will need a qualification that is comparable to a UK undergraduate degree of a award of a 2.1 standard or above. Alongside the qualification enthusiasm, skill and knowledge is 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 proposal

Can I apply for more than one course?

Similar to home 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 is advisable to apply for more than one course, to improve your chances of being accepted.

How much are course fees for international students in the UK?

Course prices vary for international students, you will need to check each course to see the difference. So have a look at our courses to find out more.

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