How You Study as a Postgraduate

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Studying at postgraduate level can introduce you to new ideas, up-to-date research, and critical thinking skills, while developing advanced specialist knowledge of a particular subject. This learning can enhance your current career ambitions or even enable you to embark on an entirely new path.

Postgraduate students have the opportunity to experience a challenging and engaging balance of teaching and research. It can include seminars, tutorials, laboratory work, and research activities. 

Postgraduate study at the University of Lincoln is divided into two areas, taught and research programmes, and the route you choose may have a great impact on how you learn.

Taught Programmes

Taught postgraduate programmes comprise three main stages. The first two stages are Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma, which consist of a number of primarily taught modules that are individually assessed. The third stage, the Master’s, usually consists of an individual research-based project supervised by an academic with expertise in the subject area.

Taught programmes typically last from one year full-time to two or three years part-time. More course-specific information can be found on individual course pages.

Research Programmes

MA/MSc by Research courses offer a tailored, supervised research programme and are suited to students wishing to undertake a research degree of specific interest in a niche area. These normally take one year full-time or two years part-time to complete.

An MPhil qualification requires you to use your critical investigation skills and show a comprehensive understanding of appropriate research methodologies in your field. Subject to satisfactory progress on the MPhil, students often continue to PhD-level study.

A PhD is often seen as the pinnacle of academic achievement. To receive a PhD you must produce a thesis which makes a distinct and original contribution to knowledge in an area of specific interest to you. Completion usually takes three years full-time or five to six years part-time.

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more about postgraduate study at the University of Lincoln or have any questions, please contact our Enquiries team.

Postgraduate Enquiries
University of Lincoln

Brayford Pool
+44 (0)1522 886644