A Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) is a qualification that is similar to a Master’s degree, but commonly lasts for nine months as opposed to a year. Subsequently, a PGDip only requires students to complete 120 credits as opposed to the 180 required for a MA or MSc qualifications. As such, PGDip courses will often cost less.
The fees for an average PGDip course will cost between £5,000 and £7000; however, as with undergraduate degree programmes, this can vary depending upon what and where you study. Vocational courses with higher levels of contact time, or programmes run by prestigious academic establishments are likely to include higher costs.
When considering the costs of your PGDip course, it is also important to bear in mind your living costs. Will you be able to stay at home while you study, or will you have rent to pay? How much will your text books and materials cost? Courses in subjects such as literature, humanities and travel tourism tend to expect students to cover the costs of materials that may be essential to the completion of the course.
Similarly, some PGDip programmes will expect you to travel as part of your course, or to complete unpaid placements in order to give you hands on experience within a working or industry environment. While most placements will pay you expenses (such as travel and lunch) you will not be able to earn money to subsidise your study while you are interning. This is something that you should take into account.
If you’re struggling to cover the cost of postgraduate study, then you can always apply for a Professional Careers Development Loan which will cover a percentage of your tuition fees, as well as contributing towards your living costs.
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