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Levels of Study

There are many types of degree level available to study at Harper Adams University, below each level is explained in more detail.

Undergraduate

EFDP - Extended Foundation Degree Programme

Extended Foundation Degree Programme (EFDP) is for those who wish to study at degree level, but don't have the required qualifications to do so. These courses are aimed to be the first step onto a full foundation or bachelor's degree.

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Dip AVN - Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing

This qualification is intended only for veterinary nurses who are already qualified and have worked in veterinary practice for at least a year since qualification, but want to advance and develop their skills.

FdSc - Foundation degree

A foundation degree is a level 5 qualification, studied over 3 years. In some cases it is possible to 'Top-up' a Foundation degree to a level 6 Bachelors degree with an extra one to two years of full-time study.

BSc - Bachelor of Science

A bachelor of science degree is a level 6 qualification studied over four years. All of our BSc qaulifications come with a mandatory placement year, an opportunity to spend time working in the industry most relevant to your studies.

BSc (Hons) - Bachelor of Science with Honours

A bachelor of science with honours degree is similar to a bachelor of science degree, with the addition of completing a dissertation as part of your studies. Again studied over the same four year period, all of our BSc (Hons) degree programmes include a mandatory year in industry (placement).

BEng - Bachelor of Engineering

A bachelor of engineering degree is a four year undergraduate programme focusing on engineering. Again studied over the same four year period, all of our BEng/BEng (Hons) degree programmes include a mandatory year in industry (placement).

MSci - Master of Science

A master of science degree is a five year full-time undergraduate programme, which will include a major research project in the final year, and the mandatory placement year in industry in your third year.

MEng - Master of Engineering

A master of engineering degree is a five year full-time undergraduate programme, which will include a major research project in the final year, and the mandatory placement year in industry in your third year.

Postgraduate

UDip - University Diploma

Candidates should have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, or equivalent. These should normally include English, Mathematics and a Science or their equivalent. Candidates should also be able to provide evidence of a sufficient standard of core educational skills to benefit from, and succeed in higher education and substantial industrial and professional experience and responsibility or an NVQ at level FE2,3 or 4 as appropriate.

For candidates with no higher education qualifications, such experience should normally be of 5 years or more.

PgC - Postgraduate Certificate

The PgC qualification is shorter than the PgD, generally taking around 15 weeks to complete. These qualifications are achievable in a shorter space of time and cost less than a full Masters degree, which suits some students who have limited time to study, are interested in a narrower range of modules, or do not need the full MScfor their career development. Many students who achieve the certificate carry on studying at diploma level, and then undertake the research project to achieve the MSc degree.

PgD - Postgraduate Diploma

The PgD qualification is more extensive than the PgC, generally taking around 30 weeks to complete. These qualifications are achievable in a shorter space of time and cost less than a full Masters degree, which suits some students who have limited time to study, are interested in a narrower range of modules, or do not need the full MScfor their career development. Many students who achieve the certificate carry on studying at diploma level, and then undertake the research project to achieve the MSc degree.

MSc - Master of Science

MSc courses include a significant taught element, research project and dissertation; one third of the course will be research-based and two-thirds taught. The degree can be completed in 12 months full-time or up to five years part-time, though in practice most students qualify within two to three years.

MRes - Master of Research

The MRes provides a larger research element than MSc programmes: two-thirds research and one-third taught. It provides training in how to become a researcher and can be a good stepping stone to those considering a PhD or a career in research.

MProf - Master in Professional Studies

The MProf programme prepares someone to work in a particular profession. This is particularly popular with part-time students.

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