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General Degrees

A General Degree of M.A (Master of Arts) or B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science) typically extends over three years of full-time study. A full-time student will take 120 credits in each year of study to gain the necessary 360 credits for the award of a General Degree. In comparison, a four-year Honours degree usually includes a total of 480 credits. Prospective students are encouraged to apply to a named Honours degree in preference to the General Degree which is very broadly based and does not provide the same depth or level of specialisation. Some students set out from the start to work towards a General Degree; others who graduate with a General Degree are students who start with the intention of taking an Honours degree and then change track subsequently. Students who are unsure of what subject they wish to take at university when they first apply may find that entering the General degree allows them additional time in which to narrow down their studies before making a final commitment. The choice of subjects that you study must be agreed with your Adviser of Studies at the start of your degree programme.  

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Courses
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Doctor of Science (ScD)
Engineer's degrees, Master of Science (SM)
Master of Engineering (MEng)
Master of Architecture (MArch)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master in City Planning (MCP)
Master of Finance (MFin)


Part-time or Evening General Degree

It is possible to study for the MA and BSc General Degree part-time in the day or for the MA General Degree in the evening. The programme may especially appeal to local students who fulfil the entry criteria but whose circumstances prevent them from attending classes on a full-time basis. It is possible to transfer into a full-time programme if a student's circumstances change.

Structure of the part-time degree programme

A part-time General Degree student must successfully gain 360 credits of which at least 80 are in 2000 (second level) modules and at least a further 60 are in 3000 (third level) modules. The balance can be 1000 (first level) modules. Students will normally complete 120 credits at first level in the first instance. First level modules are normally 20 creditsand a part-ime student may gain up to 80 credits in each academic year.

The Evening Degree programme is available in the Faculty of Arts, leading to an MA degree and the Faculty of Science, leading to a BSc degree.