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    A postgraduate degree, otherwise known as a Masters, lasts one year full time or 2 years part time. The degree is completed in 3 stages, the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and finally the Masters stage. Each stage requires around 3 months study.


    You can also do a research degree such as a PHD which can last up to 7 years or more depending on the nature of the topic and the amount of time needed to complete the research and write the thesis. You can also do an Mphil which is a lower qualification, but still a Postgraduate level research qualification which typically lasts 3 years, but can be completed sooner.
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    Anywhere between 1 and 7 years depending on type of course and mode of study.

    (Original post by Powersymphonia)
    A postgraduate degree, otherwise known as a Masters, lasts one year full time or 2 years part time. The degree is completed in 3 stages, the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and finally the Masters stage. Each stage requires around 3 months study.


    You can also do a research degree such as a PHD which can last up to 7 years or more depending on the nature of the topic and the amount of time needed to complete the research and write the thesis. You can also do an Mphil which is a lower qualification, but still a Postgraduate level research qualification which typically lasts 3 years, but can be completed sooner.
    Some misconceptions here. You can't exit all masters degree courses with certificates and/or diplomas and you don't necessarily have to go through all those stages in all disciplines.
    A PhD in the UK has to be completed in 4 years if done full time. 6-7 years is for part time students.
    An MPhil is usually 1 year full time, maybe up to 3 years of you're studying part time or the course has additional requirements.
 
 
 
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