Types of courses
- Taught – These are generally between 9–12 months long and involve you attending university in order to learn about a given topic. For example Masters Programmes or Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates.
- Research – This is an in-depth study into an area of interest or specialism resulting in the production of a dissertation, this would normally be over a period of two or three years. The most well-known research qualification is the PhD, which is also known as the DPhil.
- Professional – These are courses that are required specifically for you to qualify in a specific career area, for example law or accountancy. These qualifications differ slightly to research and taught programmes as they are generally awarded by professional bodies.
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