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What is Postgraduate Study?

10 October 2016

3 mins

The Associate Dean for Teaching, Professor Wilfred Dolfsma, and the Associate Dean for Research, Professor Ahmet Kondoz, have come together to explain what it means to be a postgraduate, and what is meant by the term ‘postgraduate study’.

Understanding Postgraduate Study

There are two main types of postgraduate study options available: postgraduate taught master’s programmes and postgraduate research programmes. For full time students, our taught master’s programmes take place over one full year and involve the completion of a dissertation. Part-time master’s students can choose to study their programme up to 4 years. Our research programmes take place over 2 or 3 years, with an option to study part-time over 3 or 5 years.

Postgraduate Taught

At Loughborough University London, you can study the following types of postgraduate taught programmes across our five Institutes and the Academy:  Master of the Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc) or Master of Research (MRes).

Master’s programmes combine a number of modules, which are typically taught through seminars, lectures and tutorials. At Loughborough University London, we offer a full programme of events, workshops, experiences and talks that are interwoven into our curriculum to empower you to become the most employable graduate you possibly can be.

Like the majority of master’s programmes, your final assessment will be based on a dissertation, which you will work on for a number of weeks with the support of an academic supervisor. We offer three options for students to choose from when embarking on their dissertation:

  1. A desk based research project that could be set by an organisation or could be a subject of the student’s choice
  2. A project that involves collection of primary data from within an organisation or based on lab and/or field experiments
  3. A Placement within an organisation during which time they will complete a project as part of their role in agreement with the organisation (subject to a suitable placement position being obtained)

From September 2017, Loughborough University London will be delivering six new, multidisciplinary MRes programmes, to enable students with a passion for research to deepen their skills, focus their interests and take the next step towards a PhD or a research-based career. Whilst a traditional taught master’s programme focuses on the development of expertise in a chosen area, an MRes programme places more emphasis on the individual to discover new knowledge and cultivate their own research skills and experience.

Postgraduate Research

A primary feature of postgraduate study revolves around independent research. Research degrees are often referred to as doctorates, and are available across all of our Institutes and the Academy at Loughborough University London:

  • Institute for Design Innovation
  • Institute for Digital Technologies
  • Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development
  • Institute for Media and Creative Industries
  • Institute for Sport Business
  • The Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance

At Loughborough University London, you can choose to study a PhD in your chosen research area. PhD research programmes can be taken after a master’s degree or, in some special cases, after a bachelor’s degree.

The main component of a PhD is the doctoral thesis. The doctoral thesis is an opportunity for you to complete an original piece of research on a topic that you are passionate about. The length of your thesis can be between 40,000 and 120,000 words. It should be worthy of publication and contribute to the state of the art in your field of study. Our PhD programmes take place over 3 years full-time, or 5 years part-time.

If you have any further questions about postgraduate study, please contact

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