Ways to study
There are several levels of study and modes of attendance for higher education course available at the University of Leicester:
Levels of study
|Undergraduate (eg. BA, BSc)||If you are leaving school or college then you will usually apply for an Undergraduate Degree (also available to mature students). This will usually be a BA (Bachelor of Arts) or a BSc (Bachelor of Science) so is sometimes called a Bachelors Degree.|
|Postgraduate Taught (eg. MA, MSc)||
If you already have a Bachelors Degree, the next level up is a Masters Degree (usually an MA or MSc), which is typically called a Postgraduate Degree. You may see the term 'Postgraduate Taught' or PGT used to distinguish this from a Research Degree (see below). PGT can also refer to PG Certificates and PG Diplomas.
|Postgraduate Research (eg. PhD)||
The highest level of degree is a PhD which may also be called a Research Degree or a Doctorate. Rather than studying on a particular course, a Research Degree involves very detailed study into a specific topic under the watchful eye of a supervisor. The term 'Postgraduate Research' or PGR may also be used to distinguish this from a Masters Degree (see above).
A range of postgraduate scholarships in specific disciplines are available.
Modes of attendance
|Campus-based||This means studying fulll time on the University’s campus in Leicester.|
|Distance learning||Studying from home, accessing course materials either online or by post. A lot of our distance learning courses are postgraduate, but there are a good number at undergraduate level. Some programmes may include an optional summer school in Leicester.
If you are looking for a rewarding course that has the flexibility to fit in with your life commitments then you should consider studying part time.
Find out more about Part Time Study at the University of Leicester.
|Studying part of your course overseas
||Studying abroad is a unique chance to travel and experience other cultures and lifestyles whilst still in higher education and can also enhance your career opportunities. Our Erasmus Programme allows you to spend a year or semester abroad in Europe.
Find out more about our Study Abroad Opportunities.
|'With Industry' Courses||These sandwich courses give you the opportunity of a placement with a sponsoring company for one year between the second and third years of academic study. You will undertake a programme of training and practical experience that is agreed between the sponsoring company and the University.