Choosing the right programme for you

Online course applicationUndertaking a postgraduate programme, whether taught or research, is a significant commitment. Before you do so, it pays to get good advice to ensure you choose the right programme for you in terms of the subject, level you study and whether you study on a full-time or part-time basis.

What do I want from my qualification?

Start by asking yourself this question. It can really help you to make the right decisions. If you want to progress in your current career a professional qualification such as a diploma or master's degree could make a real difference. In some careers a postgraduate qualification can be essential to career progression (e.g. PGCEs for teaching). If you are interested in research or academia, a PhD might be the best option.

To help you consider your options, why not attend a Postgraduate Open Evening? Our staff will be able to answer any question related to postgraduate study at the University of Wolverhampton.

Full-time or part-time?

If you are working or have commitments that would make full-time study difficult, consider studying part-time. At Master's degree level a full-time course typically takes a year with a part-time course being two years in length. The cost is usually the same which means you can also spread the cost of study over a longer period.

To find out whether the course you are interested in is available on a part-time basis use the course finder to find your course and check the 'duration' options.

Postgraduate taught courses

There are two main categories of postgraduate study - taught courses and research degrees. Taught courses include postgraduate certificates, diplomas and master's degrees. At the University of Wolverhampton, we offer over 120 postgraduate taught courses in dozens of subject areas.

Taught courses, as the title suggests, are taught by the University in the form of lectures, seminars and laboratory work for example. At this level, you may need to demonstrate a greater amount of problem solving and creative thought than you did at undergraduate level.

Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates

Postgraduate diplomas and certificates allow students to build on the knowledge they gained at undergraduate level. In some cases students use these qualifications to progress on to higher level study but they are also valuable qualifications in their own right.

Professions such as law and teaching often require postgraduate diplomas and certificates to enable entry to the profession. The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for example, is a popular way to get into teaching. Many of our postgraduate certificates are accredited by professional bodies, recognised by industry and are highly credible in the eyes of employers.

Use our Course Finder to find out whether we offer a certificate or diploma in the subject you are interested in.

Master's degrees

The Master's Degree is awarded to those who have developed a higher level of knowledge and understanding in a specific subject. Obtaining a master's qualification involves accumulating a number of credits which are gained by passing individu‌al modules. Most of our full-time master's degrees are completed in one year of full-time or two years of part-time study.

Master's Degrees you can study with us include:

  • MA (Master of Arts)‌
  • MSc (Master of Science)‌‌‌‌
  • MBA (Master of Business Administration)
  • MMus (Master of Music)‌‌

Use our Course Finder to discover the master's degrees we offer in your subject area.

Research degrees

The aim of our research programmes is to provide you with a solid grounding from which to launch further research and career development. We offer research skills development and training as well as enabling you to develop related areas such as IT, presentation and career-planning.

We offer the following research degrees:

  • PhD
  • MPhil
  • Professional Doctorates
  • PhD by Published Work
  • Higher Doctorates

Please visit our Research Degrees page for more information about these areas of study.