Different study levels

We offer a wide variety of courses for you to choose from, many are professionally accredited, have placement opportunities and choice of start date.

Foundation year

One year course to enter a degree for which you might not yet have the necessary qualifications.

Foundation degree

An employment-related Higher Education course, which combines academic and work-based learning. They can be a FdSc (Foundation Degree in Science) or FdA (Foundation Degree in Arts). A full-time course will usually take two years to complete and can lead onto the third year of a Bachelor's degree.

Part-time study

Many of our courses can also be studied on a part-time basis. For international students it is important you check your UK immigration status allows you to study part-time. 

Undergraduate Bachelor's degree

An undergraduate degree usually lasts three years. Undedrgraduate degrees can be BA (Bachelor of Arts) BSc (Bachelor of Science), BEng (Bachelor of Engineering, or LLB (Bachelor of Law). Some Engineering degrees, and all degrees with a compulsory period abroad or sandwich placement, last four years.

Postgraduate taught Master's degree

A taught Master's degree usually involves a 12-month research project, so is likely to take 18 months to complete full-time. The award may be an MA (Master if Arts), MSc (Master of Science), LLM (Master of Law) or MBA (Masters of Business Administration). Many of the MA and MSc awards can be studied to Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma stage over a shorter period.

Research degree

The PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), DPhil (Doctor of Philosophy by publication) and MPhil (Master of Philosophy) are research degrees with little or no taught element. They take a minimum of two or three years to complete and often longer.