Studying at Masters Level

In accordance with the University’s Code of Practice for Research Candidature and Supervision (, the taught element of the programme is assessed at Masters’ level.   The standard of the taught Masters degree is that expected of an Honours graduate  who has successfully completed a programme of no less than 48 weeks of full-time study (or its equivalent) in a field for which prior knowledge and skills have provided an appropriate foundation.  The  QAA  provides the following descriptors of study at Masters  level.

Masters Degree
Students should be able to demonstrate:
  • A systematic understanding of knowledge, including a critical awareness at the forefront of a discipline
  • An understanding of techniques applicable to research
  • Originality in the application of knowledge and an understanding of how research can create and allow an interpretation or evaluation of new knowledge
Students should be able to:
  • Systematically deal with complex issues (sometimes without complete data)
  • Show problem solving skills that reflect self-direction and originality
  • Continue to develop further skills linked to the continuous advancement of knowledge
Students should be able to show transferable skills necessary for employment related to:
  • Taking initiative and personal responsibility to make decisions in complex environments
  • A learning ethos to allow for CPD
These are taken from the QAA (2008) and described in full at:

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