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Certificates, Diplomas & Degrees

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Not all postgraduate courses are created equal - here's your guide to Certificates, Diplomas and Master's degrees.


A certificate is the quickest and narrowest type of post-graduate qualification you can earn, and it’s usually completed in a year or less of part-time study. Certificate programmes are highly specialised and intended to help you delve deeply into one specific area of study. Some of these programmes can also prepare you to gain an official certification, like our CPA Certificate course. These courses can be a quick way to gain experience to supplement your work or college qualifications.  



A postgraduate diploma can be particularly useful to those looking to embark on a new direction in their career. Diploma courses usually take one or two years; they often consist of the same coursework as a Master's degree, only lacking the research or dissertation element. Many of our Postgraduate Diploma courses, though, allow students the opportunity to progress on to a related Master's degree, such as the PGDip in International Business and Law.   


Master's Degrees

A Master’s degree is the most common type of postgraduate course. The MA and MSc offer students an unrivalled opportunity to spend one or two years studying both deeply and widely in their field. These degrees are often capped off with a research project in the form of a dissertation, which contributes original research to the subject. There are also more specialised Master’s degrees, like the MBA and LL.M., which are suitable for professionals looking to gain expertise to help advance in their careers, and these often require an undergraduate degree in a related field as well as work experience.