The normal entry qualification for an MSc degree is an honours degree in a related science or engineering subject. Other qualifications (such as HND or HNC) in a technical subject coupled with relevant experience can be accepted for enrolment for a Postgraduate Diploma. (It becomes possible to transfer to the MSc once 60 credits have been gained).
Applicants who want to study just one or two modules for continuing professional development may enrol as an associate student. There are no specific academic requirements for associate students but a level of prior knowledge and understanding equivalent to a first degree will be assumed.
(FAQ Number 41)
Yes. All these courses have been designed with industry in mind and with input from people working in industry. Most of the tutors have extensive industrial experience.
(FAQ Number 54)
The MSc usually takes slightly over three years. It is possible to reduce the time by studying more than one module at a time, but most people with a full time job find would find that too great a commitment. The regulations for part time postgraduate degrees specify a minimum of two years.
It normally takes fifteen months to complete the requirements of a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) and two and a half years for the Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits).
(FAQ Number 58)
There are three intakes every year: February, June and October. Applications are welcome at any time but the enrolment formalities are normally completed in the four weeks leading up to the start date.
(FAQ Number 60)
On gaining 60 credits the award of Postgraduate Certificate is made.
After gaining a further 60 credits (total 120 credits) the award of Postgraduate Diploma is made. On completion of the full course (180 credits), successful students are awarded a Master of Science (MSc) degree.
This arrangement started from June 2007. Students who enrolled before June 2007 were put on the full MSc programme from the outset. If they choose to take an interim award of Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, the University considers they have completed studies and does not allow further progression.
(FAQ Number 61)
Yes, this is now the normal arrangement. However if you enrolled before June 2007, only one qualification is awarded.
(FAQ Number 62)
The regulations for postgraduate programmes set a limit of five years but allow the Examination Board to sanction an extension. In reaching its decision the Examination Board will want to be satisfied that progress is being made and that there is a reasonable chance of success.
(FAQ Number 67)