Postgraduate taught

The College of Arts and Law brings together a wide range of disciplines, and accordingly we are able to offer a variety of taught Masters courses. Some give you the opportunity to focus on a particular subject in depth, while others take an interdisciplinary approach and allow you to gain knowledge and expertise across multiple subject areas .

Many of our courses also offer multidisciplinary entry, so you don’t need to have studied the subject at undergraduate level.

Studying with the College of Arts and Law

Flexible delivery

The majority of our taught Masters courses are available to study either full-time over one year or part-time over two years. They involve 120 credits of taught modules - usually made up of six 20-credit modules - and are completed with a 15,000-word dissertation which is undertaken under the supervision of an expert in the field.

For those looking for shorter qualifications, some courses also offer Certificate or Diploma entry routes, which require the completion of 60 credits or 120 credits of taught modules, respectively. If you choose to study full-time, the Certificate takes just four months and the Diploma eight months; part-time, the Certificate is studied over eight months and the Diploma is studied over sixteen months across two academic years.

We also offer a number of courses by distance learning.

Innovative approaches

In addition to the traditional courses we offer, the College is home to a number of innovative courses which allow students to work, and present their research, in creative and engaging ways.

The School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies, for example, is home to the Shakespeare and Creativity MA which allows students to write and perform an original piece of creative work inspired by Shakespeare, and the Film and Television: Research and Production MA which allows students to create a short film documentary in place of completing a dissertation.

Another example is our Music MA which offers 16 pathways, with a choice of assessment methods – a traditional dissertation, a recital or a composition portfolio.

The College has also launched a new portfolio degree in Humanities for 2014/15 entry. Available at Certificate, Diploma or Masters level, this course allows you to select modules from across the College to create a unique programme that reflects your specific interests.

Personal development

The College of Arts and Law offers all our postgraduate students opportunities to gain and enhance skills, alongside your studies, to aid your personal and professional development. These include free language training and employability skills.