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Part-time postgraduate taught study

PG students studying in classroom

Many of our academic schools deliver part-time postgraduate courses. These offer greater flexibility whilst still providing all the benefits and support enjoyed by full-time students. There are opportunities for both in-person and blended learning.

Part-time postgraduate taught courses are normally twice as long as their full-time equivalent but there are some exceptions in subject areas including Computing and Engineering.

Usually, you’ll study exactly the same modules as the full-time equivalent course but take them at a slower pace to suit your lifestyle. See our available part-time courses on this page to find out more.

Studying part-time is great for me as the flexibility of the modules allows a better balance of academia with a hectic work schedule. Having the course spread over two years has also given me more time to consider my PhD research area and get a strong proposal together.

Amelia Baugh, MA English Literature

Benefits of part-time study

  • Balance study with personal or professional commitments
  • Ability to work and maintain an income whilst studying
  • Spreads the cost of learning
  • Less intensive workload
  • Career enhancement
  • Full access to student support and campus facilities
  • Opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge in a new subject through a conversion course


Subject to eligibility criteria, which can include programme length, there are various loans, scholarships, bursaries and grants available to help fund part-time postgraduate taught study. The majority of funding is available for full master’s programmes only. These include:

Blended learning

Some postgraduate taught part-time courses offer blended learning. Blended learning strikes a balance between the convenience of online learning and the traditional benefits of face-to-face learning.  The learning methods for a blended learning programme differ according to the requirements of each particular course.

Support for your part-time study

As a part-time postgraduate taught student, you will have access to the same support services as full-time students. Our Student Connect Team is committed to helping students make the transition to university life. Services available include:

If you are returning to learning, our Academic Study Skills Team offers a wide range of classes to help improve study techniques. Support is also available for mature students and student parents.

Available part-time postgraduate taught courses

The following postgraduate taught courses are available to study part-time:

Find out more

For more information about part-time postgraduate taught study contact our postgraduate teams.

You can also subscribe to our postgraduate newsletter to receive updates on funding opportunities, Open Days and more.