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Understanding your degree

A degree is a qualification awarded by a university. You'll get yours once you've completed a set number of modules. How many credits you need is specific to the course you're studying. We offer a degree at every level from foundation courses to a professional doctorate.

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What is an undergraduate degree?

An undergraduate degree is any bachelor-level qualification awarded by a university. 

We offer two kinds of bachelor honours (Hons) degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)


Achieving a high grade for your course will award you 'BA (Hons)' or 'BSc (Hons)' degree


Undergraduate degrees

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What is a postgraduate degree?

To study a postgraduate course you need to have completed an undergraduate degree.

We mostly offer a number of taught postgraduate degrees.

Unlike our undergraduate options, we only offer one type of course at this level: 

  • Master of Science (MSc)


Postgraduate degrees


What is a research degree?

A research degree is the highest-level qualification awarded by a university. 

Unlike taught postgraduate degree students, research degree students don't go to classes.

Instead, they work one to one with an academic supervisor. 


Research degrees

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What is a Foundation degree?

A Foundation degree is a single year of pre-undergraduate study aimed at getting you ready to take on a higher degree.

Although we offer some integrated foundation year courses, we also have a range of stand-alone foundation degrees, giving you more flexibility in your studies. 

We offer these foundation degrees:

  • Foundation Degree in Arts (FdA)
  • Foundation Degree in Science (FdSc)


Foundation degrees

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What is a Top-Up degree?

A top-up course of a way of taking your knowledge to the next level.

It's aimed at students with a Higher National Diploma (HND) or a Foundation degree and lets you bring your qualification up to a higher level.

For example, if you have an HND in business, you could turn your degree into a full BA (Hons) by studying our business or finance top-up courses.


Top-Up courses