Certificates and diplomas
King's offers a small number of certificate courses in different subject areas generally suitable for students who have studied to degree level but do not have the specific area of expertise to undertake a specialist master’s course.
Postgraduate diplomas include taught elements that make up an accompanying master’s course but do not have the dissertation element and normally take nine months to complete.
For information on the nature of individual certificate and diploma courses, and how they may relate to master's courses, please browse our postgraduate courses to see the individual course descriptions.
King’s offers around 300 taught courses across our nine Schools of study and global institutes, providing qualifications including MA, MSc, LLM, MMus, MPH and MClinDent.
Taught courses normally take one year to complete full-time (two years part-time) although some courses may be longer. Most courses begin in September of each year and a few may begin in January.
For further information on taught master's degrees developed by the four UK Higher Education Funding Bodies, please see Steps to Postgraduate Study.
Taught Master’s by Research (MRes)
MRes courses, normally 12 months in length, contain substantial research training in the relevant discipline which may be useful if you are planning to progress to a PhD, but need to complete a master’s course.
If you are considering a career in research, either in academia or the commercial world or if you are not certain whether a PhD is right for you, it can provide you with some idea of what a research-based degree is like.