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What is the difference between PGCert/PGDip/Masters?

The difference between a Postgraduate Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma and a Masters (MA or MSc) is in the amount of credits the course contains.


A full MA/MSc contains 180 credits. This is made up of 120 credits of taught units and 60 credits for a dissertation.

If you successfully complete half of the taught units (60 credits), you are awarded a Postgraduate Certificate.

If you successfully complete all of the taught units (120 credits), you are awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.


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Last Updated 16th of July, 2014

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