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Taught Courses

Not all postgraduate degrees involve spending your entire time in the library, cowering under a mountain of books as you beaver away on a monumental thesis; plenty of postgraduate qualifications involve a taught component. You can search for taught postgraduate courses in our postgraduate courses section.

Taught courses are different from research qualifications, such as MPhils or PhDs, which require the student to embark on a piece of original research. True, some research qualifications might have some taught units, but these tend to focus on research methods.

Taught master’s degrees…

Most master’s degrees are taught courses, consisting of a number of modules and units. They are taught through seminars, lectures and tutorials. However, the final assessment for a master’s degree will usually be based on a thesis, dissertation or project; you won’t be required to sit exams on the different taught components, although there are some exceptions.

Taught postgraduate diplomas/certificates…

We’re going to put our necks on the line and assert that pretty much all postgraduate certificates or conversion courses are taught courses. Lasting between four and nine months, these courses involve a series of taught units, and are often used as a stepping stone towards a certain career or another postgraduate qualification.

Taught professional qualifications…

Another example of taught postgraduate courses are professional qualifications. Although many professional qualifications might involve independent study or distance learning, they will still have modules and might require students to attend particular seminars, training days or lectures. Consequently, they follow the structure of a taught postgraduate course.