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By Learning Objectives (MA MSc), M.Sc.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #601 (WUR) ,
This novel scheme is designed for those working at postgraduate level in industry, or in an area of interest not catered for by the taught masters programme, who wish to have their work accredited for an appropriate academic award.


The course allows you to:

  • choose your own study area, enabling you to pursue a topic which suits your work or personal interests
  • set your own goals, objectives and timescales in conjunction with your university supervisor, so the programme is your own
  • have one-to-one support and guidance from your supervisor enabling you to establish a good relationship and receive the benefit of your their knowledge and expertise
  • be able to study in your workplace, part-time over two years, maximising learning opportunities and minimising time away from work
  • gain a masters-level qualification through a flexible course which fits with the demands of your job and your lifestyle.

The key to the scheme is the specification of a learning agreement. Each agreement is unique and defined after discussions between the participant, the course leader, the employer (where appropriate) and an academic supervisor.

To apply for this course, or talk to us about whether it might be suitable for you or your employees, see the Find Out More section below for contact details.

Programme Structure

  • The learning agreement is defined by a number of goals which are developed into learning objectives and activities.
  • Assessment procedures and criteria are established. A proportion of the goals may, with agreement, be achieved by successful completion of relevant modules taken from existing masters degrees within the university.
  • The programme is available for all potential masters-level work across a wide range of subjects. Students are examined at the end of their agreed learning programme by written dissertation and through an oral examination.
  • If a number of people from one company or a group of companies all wish to undertake the course, studying similar topics, the course can be run as a group activity. You will each have individual learning agreements, but there will be a university group facilitator who will meet with you all regularly and run action learning sets.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      Part-time 2–6 years
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • Normally honours degree or equivalent. Other candidates considered on their merits. Up to 60 previously accumulated M-level CATS points may be acknowledged.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14580 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14580 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    6270 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6270 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Brighton

  • 815 - 1390 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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