Postgraduate Qualification Awards

Higher Education qualifications for postgraduate students.

Postgraduate Qualification Awards

Postgraduate Qualification Awards

Higher Education qualifications for postgraduate students.


There are a range of awards and qualifications on offer at Ulster University.

Integrated Master's Degree

An integrated master's degree is a level 7 qualification which combines both undergraduate and postgraduate study into a single course.

It is worth 480 credit points and is usually completed in four or five years (depending if a work placement is completed).

Integrated master's degrees are typically offered in certain science or technology programmes, with the first two years studied in common with Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) courses.

Most students graduate from an integrated master's programme with a Master of Science (MSc) or a Master of Engineering (MEng).

Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development

A Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development is a level 7 postgraduate qualification worth 60 credit points. It can be obtained following completion of a number of short courses across a range of subject areas, many of which are recognised by professional bodies and meet CPD requirements.

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

A postgraduate certificate is a level 7 postgraduate qualification worth 60 credit points. It can usually be completed on a part-time basis within one year. Some postgraduate certificates are stand-alone courses whereas others form part of a full master's programme.

Many people choose to complete a postgraduate certificate to further their knowledge in their undergraduate discipline and enhance their employment prospects.

A Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a one-year programme which provides the training needed for graduates to become teachers.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

A postgraduate diploma is a level 7 postgraduate qualification worth 120 credit points. It can usually be completed on a part-time basis within two years. It is a more intensive programme of study than a postgraduate certificate but does not involve the completion of a dissertation.

Some postgraduate diplomas are stand-alone courses whereas others form part of a full master's programme. Many people choose to complete a postgraduate diploma to further their knowledge in their undergraduate discipline and enhance their employment prospects.

Master's Degree

A master's degree is a level 7 postgraduate qualification and is usually worth 180 credit points (Master of Fine Art and Master of Architecture are worth 240 credit points). There are two main types of master's degrees, taught and research, which can be further categorised depending on the subject studied.

Common awards include Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc), Master of Research (MRes), Master of Laws (LLM), Master of Fine Art (MFA), Master of Architecture (MArch) and Master of Education (MEd).

Professional Doctorate

A professional doctorate is a level 8 programme and is worth 540 credit points.

A PhD is the highest level of degree that a student can achieve and involves the completion of a significant research project, usually undertaken over three years full-time or six years part-time.