Postgraduate study

Taught masters, diplomas and certificates

Our taught masters programmes comprise specialised training, followed by an independent dissertation. They are all recognised across Europe and beyond (Bologna compatible).

Programme structure


Most programmes involve 12 months of full time study. If you study part-time - either on-campus on online - it will take you longer to complete the programme.

Studying online

Choosing between full-time and part-time study

Some programmes take 24 months; these are often offered in collaboration with EU universities.

Our taught masters include coursework with assessment chosen to suit the circumstances and practice of the discipline concerned.

You will also undertake independent work, which is normally submitted as a dissertation.

Find a masters programme on our degree finder.

Degree finder: a-z of taught programmes

Diplomas and certificates

Many masters programmes are paired with diplomas and/or certificates that have coursework and examinations in common with the degree. A masters student who does not proceed to the dissertation stage may be awarded the diploma or certificate.

Some programmes allow you to register for a diploma or certificate from the outset. Find a diploma or certificate programme on our degree finder.

Award name

Some specialised subject areas may call the award something other than an MSc. All of these programmes are of equal value and are Bologna compatible.

If you are unsure what your degree will be called, get in touch with your Programme Director or check the degree finder.


Our one year full-time masters programmes typically comprise 90 ECTS credits (180 Edinburgh credits).

Two year full-time masters programmes typically comprise 180 ECTS credits (360 Edinburgh credits).

Diplomas comprise 60 ECTS credit (120 Edinburgh credits).

Certificates comprise 30 ECTS credits (60 Edinburgh credits).

International recognition

All of our postgraduate masters awards are fully Bologna compatible, which means that they are recognised across Europe.