You should normally hold a bachelors degree from a UK university, or the equivalent.
If you do not have a degree you will need to be adequately prepared for postgraduate study. You will be required to write essays and reports at a high level, to undertake work with numerical data, and to understand and apply scientific principles.
If you are unsure whether your previous study or experience will sufficiently prepare you for this qualification, please contact us for advice.
Our badged open course, Succeeding in postgraduate study, will introduce you to the nature of Master's level study. It offers essential preparation for pursuing your learning at this level – and is free.
Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see the IELTS website for details.
How long it takes
Most students take two and a half to four years to complete this qualification. The minimum time to complete is two years. Because of the demands that study of the programme will make, we recommend that you study no more than 60 credits a year. There is no maximum time limit but we cannot guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available. Modules can count towards this diploma for a maximum of eight years after we have stopped presenting them.