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Master's degrees

The normal minimum requirement for admission to a Master's degree is a Second Class Honours degree from a UK or Republic of Ireland Higher Education Provider or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

Entrance requirements vary by course and you are advised to consult individual course entries.

You may study for a taught Master's degree over a period of not less than one calendar year on a full-time basis, or not less than two calendar years on a part-time basis. In some cases you may be required to register for a Postgraduate Diploma and then be permitted to continue the coursework for the Master's degree if you reach a satisfactory standard in the Postgraduate Diploma.

Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates

The University offers postgraduate study for diplomas and certificates in a wide range of subjects. Entrance requirements vary by course and you are advised to consult the individual course entries in this prospectus. It may be possible for you to transfer registration from a Postgraduate Diploma to a Master's degree after the written examination at the end of Diploma coursework or alternatively, after completing the Diploma.

Subject areas


Study for a Master's degree in subjects including English Literature, Irish Literature, poetry and creative writing.

History and Anthropology

Our Master's degrees cover history, anthropology and social anthropology.

Creative Arts 

Our most popular Master's courses include Film and Visual Studies and Arts Management

Mechanical Engineering 

Apply for our highly-regarded Master's courses in Mechanical Engineering and in Aerospace Engineering.

Food safety research student using research equipment in the global food security lab

Food safety

Advanced Food Safety (MSc)

Globally we face huge and growing challenges to supply the world's population with adequate safe and nutritious food

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Study subjects such as politics, global security and terrorism.


Study for a postgraduate degree in subject areas such as human rights, law and criminal justice.

Planning, Architecture & Civil Engineering

The School’s Master's programmes cover subject areas such as Construction and Project Management, Environmental Engineering and Planning and Regeneration.

Electronics, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Apply for our in-demand postgraduate courses in Software Development and Electronics.

Electronic engineering student

Cyber Security

Cyber Security (MSc)

This Master's aims to develop the next generation of industry leaders globally. The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) is a GCHQ-accredited Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.

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Our Master's programmes cover human resources, management, marketing, and economics.


Study towards an International (full-time) or Executive (part-time) MBA.

Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology

Our MAs are in Society, Space and Culture and Cultural Heritage and Geographical Information Systems


Our MSc courses cover subjects such as Atypical Child Development and Childhood Adversity.

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Peace and Security

Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (MA)

Students will engage with core theories, concepts, issues and debates within conflict transformation and social justice, against the backdrop of Belfast's post-conflict society.

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Sociology and Social Work

Our postgraduate social work courses cover mental health, social studies and child care.


Our Master's subjects include Applied Behavioural Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Biological Sciences

Study for a postgraduate qualification in pioneering subject areas such as animal behaviour and welfare and eco management.


Apply today for MSc courses in Clinical Pharmacy and Advanced Pharmacy Practice

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Medical research


This Master's focuses on the understanding and analysis of the huge volumes of data generated by advances in biomedical technology - on cells, tissues and patients - and is at the heart of medical research, discovery and practice.

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We offer a Master's degree (MTh) in Theology.


Study subjects including clinical education and treatment development (Translational Medicine).

Nursing and Midwifery

Our most popular postgraduate taught programmes are in Advanced Professional Practice and Caring for Children.

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