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Master's degree

A Master's degree is a postgraduate study programme. It allows students to specialise and deepen their knowledge in a specific field.

What is a Master's degree?

A Master's degree (often just called a Master's) is a postgraduate degree that usually follows an undergraduate degree. It normally lasts one to two years.

During a Master's course, students may carry out advanced coursework. They will often do research and projects related to their chosen subject.

UK universities offer a diverse range of Master's programmes across various disciplines. Many universities offer flexible study options, including full-time, part-time, and online courses.

Types of Master's degree

In the UK, there are several types of Master's degree. These are some of the most common types:

  • Master of Arts (MA). This is normally awarded in humanities, social sciences, and arts-related subjects. It focuses on theoretical and research-based study
  • Master of Science (MSc). This is usually awarded in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. It emphasises practical and research-based learning.
  • Master of Research (MRes). A specialised postgraduate degree that focusses on independent research skills and techniques
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA). The MBA is a Master’s degree in business and management. It teaches students advanced leadership, strategic thinking, and managerial skills
  • Master of Education (MEd). The MEd degree is for those interested in pursuing a career in education. It focuses on educational theory, research, and pedagogy
  • Master of Engineering (MEng). The MEng degree is a specialised engineering programme. It provides advanced technical knowledge and skills
  • Master of Law (LLM). The LLM degree is for students who want to specialise in law. It offers in-depth study of legal principles, theories, and specific areas of law

Each programme has its own requirements and curriculum. You'll need to do your research to find the one that matches up with your interests and career aspirations.

This section focusses on the UK. For postgraduate study outside the UK, see study abroad.