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Studying a postgraduate taught programme

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Studying a postgraduate taught programme

Taught postgraduate programmes are one-year studies (up to two years if it includes an industrial placement) that lead to a Masters degree, a postgraduate diploma or a postgraduate certificate.

A Masters degree awards 180 credits (90 ECTS): 120 credits are obtained through modules taught during two terms, and 60 credits are obtained through a project or dissertation supervised by an academic member of staff.

Students who complete the taught part but choose not to do (or fail) the project are awarded a postgraduate diploma.

A postgraduate certificate is awarded to students who complete 60 credits of taught modules.

We also offer an MSc by Research (Computer Science) which is not a taught programme but more like a mini-PhD, with a project forming the largest part of the degree.

Another computer-science related MSc programme is the MSc in Information Security, which is offered by the Information Security Group.

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