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Postgraduate study: Taught masters

Taught masters courses such as MA, MSc or MBA are usually 12 months in length (if taken full time), comprising taught modules, examinations and a project or dissertation (typically 10,000-15,000 words in length).

The course may be vocational or academic. Some courses are designed as conversion courses, such as MSc Psychology (Conversion) for non-psychology students looking for a career as chartered psychologists. 

Important points to consider: 

  • A 2:1 is often required for entry (check with individual institutions). 
  • They require more independent study than a degree. 
  • The focus tends to be on one particular area of a wider subject. 

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