Postgraduate Taught refers to taught degrees with a set amount of contact time with the course providers. This takes the form of seminars, tutorials and lectures. Taught programmes can lead to the award of Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates, and Masters degrees. Taught Masters degrees usually last for one year (full-time study) and the final assessment is often based on the submission of a research-based dissertation. Most Postgraduate Diplomas last for nine months full-time. Postgraduate Certificates generally last for four to five months full-time. Many Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma programmes are available on a part-time basis.
Assessment of taught courses is by examination or coursework (or a combination of both) depending on the requirements of the programme of study. The structure of Taught Masters programmes varies but progress through the different stages (e.g. from the taught courses to the dissertation stage) depends on satisfactory performance in assessment. A candidate who does not do well enough in this assessment or who chooses not to proceed to the next stage of the programme, but who otherwise attains a satisfactory standard, may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate.
Generally, a candidate must complete minimum credits as follows:
- For the award of a Postgraduate Diploma: 120 credits of taught courses
- For the award of a Postgraduate Certificate: 60 credits of taught courses
Full details of the requirements for the award of Postgraduate Taught degrees are given in the relevant University regulations. A student admitted onto a programme leading to an award must also follow the instructions issued on behalf of the relevant School and be aware of the content of the Programme Document (often referred to as the Programme or ‘Course' Handbook) which will contain further details on the Programme including, in some cases, further requirements associated with the award.
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