Postgraduate study

The quality of the postgraduate programmes offered by Russell Group universities is closely related to their world-class research.

They bring together a critical mass of research activity in a range of subjects - an ideal environment for postgraduate study with the potential for cross-disciplinary links and inspiration.

Students who wish to pursue postgraduate research degrees at PhD or Masters level enjoy unrivalled opportunities to work in tandem with world experts, making their own tangible contribution at the forefront of knowledge.

Taught postgraduate programmes can enable you to specialise further in a topic which caught your attention at undergraduate level or can provide an opportunity to gain specialist knowledge of a new field. Either way, they offer an intensive insight into the latest thinking on a topic, often delivered by international experts in the field.

Entry requirements
See university websites (right) for detailed entry requirements.

Some programmes build on knowledge gained at undergraduate level and therefore require a degree in a specific subject while others provide the opportunity to develop a new interest. In the majority of cases, you are likely to be asked to achieve a good undergraduate degree (normally defined as an upper second class degree or above).

In some subjects, it is normal practice to progress directly from an undergraduate degree to PhD study while in other areas, it is usual to obtain a Masters qualification before progressing to postgraduate research.

Some taught postgraduate programmes accept applicants with a suitable level of relevant professional experience without an undergraduate degree.