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Guide to Postgraduate Study

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What is a Postgraduate?

A postgraduate is a student who has successfully completed an undergraduate degree level course at a college or university and is undertaking further study at a more advanced level.

What is a Postgraduate Course?

A postgraduate course is typically one year’s duration full time or it can take two years to complete part time. A postgraduate diploma, postgraduate degree or Master's degree offers the student an advanced level of education in their chosen area of study.

The course content is designed to build on the knowledge obtained at undergraduate degree level. Often the course content is more practical in nature to better prepare the student with the skills they will need in the workplace. Completing postgraduate studies helps students further their career prospects and deepen their understanding of their area of study.

Levels of study

You can obtain a postgraduate degree which is awarded at QQI Level 9. Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) is a state agency established by the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 with a board appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills. More information here.

What are the differences between Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses?

 

 

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

Duration

3 or 4 years

1 or 2 years

Level of grade awarded

QQI Level 7 or 8

QQI Level 9 and above

Admission requirements

Leaving Certificate (there may be minimum grade requirements), Portfolio, Interview (Varies depending on course requirements)

Undergraduate degree

Type of study

Full time, Part time, Online or In-class lectures, Blended Learning

Full time, Part time, Online or In-class lectures, Blended Learning

Programme structure

60 credits per year, 30 per semester. Modules are usually 5 or 10 credits.

60 credits per year, 30 per semester. Modules are usually 5 or 10 credits.

Postgraduate courses at Griffith College

If you choose a to undertake a postgraduate course at Griffith College, there are a wide variety of courses available, in areas as wide-ranging as computing, design, law and business.

You will benefit from a great student to lecturer ratio (small class sizes), an award-winning reputation, experienced lecturing teams, a lively international campus community and industry-informed programmes created to enable you to develop a successful career in your chosen area.