Postgraduate and professional

Group of postgraduate studentsLevel 7 qualifications include:

  • Masters degrees such as MA, MSc, MBA
  • Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas, such as the Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE).

Level 8 qualifications include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy, DPhil or PhD

Postgraduate qualifications:

  • usually require a good first degree
  • may be vocational, for example PGCE for teaching
  • or gained through research
  • or involve doing a taught course
  • vary in length from one to three years full-time or offered on a part-time basis.

Professional Qualifications:

To become a chartered member of many professional bodies such as RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), ICE ( Institution of Civil Engineering) you need an accredited degree, relevant work experience and further training. 

Some jobs are protected in law and you can only do the work if you are a member of the relevant professional body.

There are plans for masters degrees to be offered as part of degree apprenticeships, for example in alliedf health professional careers.

Look on GOV.UK for what different qualification levels mean.


Page updated November 2017


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