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About taught courses

There are approximately 8200 postgraduate students studying for a taught Master’s course at Warwick, leading to the degrees of MA, MSc, MBA or LLM. Many of the courses are interdisciplinary, involving several different departments or faculties; some are directly related to professional requirements. All are carefully structured, developed and delivered by experts in their fields, often drawing on individual research experience. Students choose Warwick because they want to study in greater depth and detail a subject - or part of a subject - that has particularly interested them during their first degree; others want to develop professional skills or to enjoy studying an entirely new subject; for many, a taught master's is a necessary preliminary to a research degree.

Specific data relating to individual courses can be found via the public version of the Graduate Employment Market Statistics (GEMS) database.

What is a taught course?

The majority of taught Master's courses at Warwick consist of a number of taught modules delivered through seminars and lectures, with a dissertation completed in the final semester. Courses can include a mix of core or compulsory modules, which students are required to take, optional modules where there is a choice and optional core modules where students are required to choose modules from a prescribed list. Further information about course content can be found in the A-Z of Taught Courses or individual department web pages.

Applying for a taught course

To be considered for a course at Warwick, you will normally need to achieve (or be studying towards achieving) a minimum Upper Second Class Honours Bachelor degree (2:1) or equivalent qualification in an appropriate subject. Other academic departments require a Lower Second Class Honours Bachelor degree (2:2) or equivalent. Some departments may also ask for relevant work experience. If you do not have a degree that meets the required grade you may be considered on the merits of previous experience. You should contact your preferred department at an early stage to discuss eligibility. Further information about course entry requirements can be found in the A-Z of Taught Courses or individual department web pages.

If you are an international student, you can check the Warwick international pages to see typical equivalent entry requirements for the country where you have achieved your qualifications.


Most taught Master’s courses take a year to complete as a full-time student. Some can also be taken on a part-time basis over two years and some – particularly the MBA – are available by distance learning.

If you are considering part-time study, it’s important to note that, unless the course has been specifically designed for this route, taught courses will normally include some compulsory day time sessions. Please contact the department directly to discuss part-time study options.

If you are an international student, the ability to register part-time is subject to the conditions of your visa. International students can not study part-time at Warwick with a Tier 4 visa.

Other postgraduate courses

Warwick also offers a range of Postgraduate Awards, Certificates and Diplomas – shorter taught courses which are often vocationally oriented. These are designed to be taken full-time or part-time. Some students complete a Flexible Master's through studying short courses focusses on Continuing Professional Development over a number of years to achieve the required credits. Your department will be able to advise you further about this.

See also


Skills & student development

Research student skills programme

Master's skills programme

Graduate employment market statistics - international jobs board for for careers in academic, research, science and related professions

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A-Z of taught courses

Funding your taught course

Application deadlines

Places on taught postgraduate taught courses are limited, so you should submit your application as early as possible.

The application process will open on 12 October 2020 and will close on 31 July 2021 for postgraduate taught courses that start in September and October 2021.

Please note that some departments will have earlier deadlines; you should check the information in the Essential Information on each individual postgraduate taught course webpage (you can find a list of taught courses on the A-Z webpage).