Doing a Master's degree

This page tells you about Master's degrees and some possible sources of funding.

At any stage of your career you can consider undertaking further academic study such as a Master’s degree. 

Master’s degrees are available in a very wide range of healthcare and public health-related subjects. Some are specifically aimed at people who are already qualified in a certain field such as medicine, surgery or dentistry. Others are more general and are also open to those with other qualifications and backgrounds, for example in healthcare science and nursing. For some roles, such as pharmacy, you will need to take a Master’s degree in order to first qualify in your profession.  

A Master’s degree is a postgraduate qualification, although it is occasionally possible to take a Master’s if you do not have an undergraduate degree. You might be accepted with other qualifications or suitable experience. The usual minimum entry requirements are a 2:1 (upper second) honours degree.

There are two main types of master’s degree:

A Master's degree typically takes one year full-time or two-three years part-time to complete. The length can vary, with some courses being longer than this, particularly for part-time options, which may last for four years.

Why do a Master's degree?

Points to consider 

Do I have time to study?

You should consider your work, childcare or other commitments. You could choose a Master's related to your current job, which you can complete part-time while working.

So bear in mind the impact this may have on your personal and social life. For example, you may have to use annual leave to complete assignments. You will also need to be organised and self-motivated to do all the extra study required.

Which type of course should I choose?

Consider the following course options:

Typical Master's degrees include:

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