A multitude of courses exisit throughout Europe ranging from Humanities to Information Technology, Medicine, Science and Engineering. In the Unitied Kingdom and Ireland typically students can avail of taught Higher Diploma degrees in addition to Master and PhD degree programmes.
Two types of Master’s degrees are commonplace: Taught Master’s and Research-based Master’s.
Taught Master’s programmes usually take 1 or 2 years to complete and consist mainly of classes, seminars and coursework, as well as minor research project and dissertation. Taught Masters are designed to enable graduate students gain specialised skills and knowledge in a particular area of study.
Research-based Master’s courses usually take two years to complete and involve working on a specified research project under faculty supervision and the completion of a thesis.
Doctoral (PhD) Programmes
Doctoral (PhD) programmes usually take three to four years to complete. Students undertake independent research under faculty supervision before presenting a thesis for assessment. Structured PhD programmes also include a significant amount of professional and general skills training in addition to research.