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PGDip

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What is a PGDip?

A PGDip, or Postgraduate Diploma, is a postgraduate qualification worth 120 credits of a master’s qualification (180 credits).

PGDips are short courses where you can quickly gain a qualification. They’re often used as a route towards earning a master’s degree. Many people already in employment study for a PGDip to boost their skill sets. 

You may see a PGDip written as PgDip, PGD, PG Dip or PgD. 

 

How long is a PGDip? 

Most courses take around 30 weeks or two terms to complete. 

Courses usually start in September or October. 

 

What qualifications do you need for a PGDip? 

Entry requirements for PGDip courses are similar to the requirements for master’s courses. You’ll probably need a second-class honours (2.1) degree in a relevant subject. 

 

How is a PGDip taught? 

PGDips follow a similar structure to master’s degrees. You may be studying modules alongside students who are taking a full master’s course in the area. 

You’ll work through a set of modules, go to lectures and seminars, and submit assignments. Depending on your subject area, you could be in classes for 6 up to 20 or more hours each week. You'll be expected to take control of your own studies outside of classes. 

 

How is a PGDip assessed? 

It depends on your course and where you study it, but you’re likely to be assessed via essays and practical work. 

PGDips are usually graded as a pass, merit, distinction or fail. 

 

What skills do you learn? 

You’ll develop subject- and career-specific skills, but also build transferable skills such as: 

  • Research 
  • Analysis 
  • Independent learning 
  • Time management 
  • Presentation 

 

How much does a PGDip cost? 

Fees for PGDips can be around £5,000, but this varies between courses and universities. International students normally have to pay more. 

Tuition fee loans aren’t always available for PGDip courses, but some bursaries and scholarships may be on offer. 

 

PGDip facts

It's a Level 7 qualification (RQF).

You apply for a PGDip directly to the university.

Most PGDips can be converted and used towards a master’s degree.

Find out what scholarships you can apply for