A taught postgraduate programme is delivered and assessed by a structured timetable of modules. Much like undergraduate degrees, you take part in seminars, lectures and other activities. You are also required to study independently with support from a supervisor.
The most common taught award is a Master’s degree. This is awarded for showing a high level of expertise in a particular field of study or area of professional practice. We also offer postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate certificates in specific subjects.
Our broad range of programmes includes a Pre-Master's (GDip) and International Master's in Applied Actuarial Science, Statistics, Statistics with Finance and Mathematics and its Applications. The one-year GDip prepares international students for postgraduate study. Our two-year International Master's are equivalent to the GDip followed by an MSc.
The majority of our taught Master's start in September and run for one year full-time. Part-time Master's typically take two years.
Some of our Master's programmes are available with flexible start dates and different durations.
Taught Master's programmes at Kent consist of taught modules (with a national credit rating of 120 credits), plus a dissertation or project of 10,000 to 15,000 words (60 credits). This leads to a total of 180 credits (90 ECTS credits) for a full degree.
Modules run over the first nine months of the programme and are taught mostly by seminar and/or lecture. You are assessed by written coursework, examinations and seminar presentations.
You need to pass all your modules before proceeding to your project or dissertation. If you do not complete the dissertation, you may be eligible for the award of a postgraduate diploma. Dissertations must be completed by the end of your period of registration. Projects may be assessed by dissertation and a presentation.
Postgraduate diplomas (PDip) are similar to a taught Master's degree, but you are only required to attend the taught modules. You do not complete a dissertation or project. A typical postgraduate diploma takes two terms to complete, equivalent to 30 weeks of full-time study. You are assessed by written coursework and assignments for each module and may also include practical work.
Some courses can register you for the PDip and then transfer your registration to the Master's degree once you have successfully completed the modules.
Kent offers postgraduate diplomas in a range of academic and vocational subjects. We also have professional practice diplomas that are designed specifically to allow you to enter regulated professions such as law, healthcare and higher education.
Postgraduate certificates (PCert) are similar to postgraduate diplomas but take half the time to complete. It gives you the experience of postgraduate level teaching without the longer term commitment of studying a Master's.
A typical postgraduate certificate comprises three modules and can be completed in just 15 weeks of full-time study. You are assessed by written coursework and assignments for each module and this may also include practical work.
Our postgraduate certificates are available in a range of academic and vocational subjects. We also have professional practice certificates that are designed specifically to allow you to enter regulated professions such as law, healthcare and higher education.
Short courses can be studied for personal interest, continued professional development or as a pathway to postgraduate study. Our offering includes short courses and taster courses at our Tonbridge Centre and standalone modules at the Centre for Child Protection (CPP).
Short courses and taster courses are designed for anyone with a passion and motivation to develop their knowledge at an advanced level. They are non-accredited, have no formal entry requirements and offer a perfect opportunity to try out postgraduate study.
The 10-week standalone modules at CPP provide a route to Master's level study and can be completed online. You participate in online forums and have access to journal articles and specialist materials.
When studying a Master's, PDip or PCert programme at Kent you are required to gain academic credits, which you build up as you pass each module. Modules run over the first two academic terms and are taught mostly by seminar/lecture.
You are assessed by coursework, examinations and presentations, and usually complete a dissertation/project in the third term for a Master's.
All programmes carry a national academic credit rating. They also carry a European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credit rating. If you have studied elsewhere, you can apply to transfer the credit you have accumulated to a relevant programme at Kent.
For more information on the ECTS, see Erasmus and Exchanges.
The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is the EU-standard for measuring and comparing programmes and students.
To calculate ECTS credits, simply half the normal credits. For example, 60 credits is equivalent to 120 UK credits, 1,800 hours or one year of study.
|Master's degree (MA, MSc, MBA, LLM, MArch)||180 credits /
|120 credits from taught modules + 60 credits from dissertation|
|Postgraduate Diploma (PDip)||120 credits /
|120 credits from taught modules (Master's students who do not complete a dissertation may be eligible for the PDip)|
|Postgraduate Certificate (PCert)||60 credits /
|60 credits from taught modules|
The above is provided as general guidance only. Please refer to the programme page for specific information.