• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4-8 years (flexible)
  • Award: MA
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Part Time

The Part-time MA Degree programme gives you maximum flexibility to combine evening or daytime study with work or other commitments.

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The Part-time MA Degree course is designed to meet the needs and interests of adult learners. It is a flexible course which allows you to combine degree level study with work or family commitments.

You can choose from a range of subject areas which lead to the award of an MA Degree with or without Honours. We draw on modules from the Humanities and Social Sciences and each year new modules are offered according to student interest and academic developments.

The MA Degree is awarded on completion of a minimum of 360 credits and the MA Honours degree is awarded on the completion of 480 credits. If you undertake an average of two modules per semester, you can complete an MA Degree in four and a half years and an MA Honours Degree in six years. This period could be shorter however if you can transfer credit from previous study towards your degree or if you undertake an online module over the summer period. You also have the option of exiting the course early with a Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits) or a Diploma in Higher Education (240 credits) in Arts and Social Sciences.

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The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Admission is based on your application, personal statement, relevant experience, references and interview.
 
Students should normally be over 18 years of age. All of our Level 1 modules are open to all students, regardless of educational background.
 
Students who wish to enroll directly on Level 2 or level 3 modules should be able to demonstrate evidence of recent study and/or an ability to undertake study at these Levels.
 
All students will be treated on an individual basis and their particular circumstances and interests taken into consideration.

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

Teaching normally takes place in small groups of up to 20 students to encourage discussion and sharing of ideas and experience. Tutors will have different styles and methods of teaching but you can expect to take part in lectures, tutorial discussions, workshops where students are asked to work together on a topic, group work and individual study. Most modules run for 11 weeks, and classes are normally held on the main campus. Some lectures will be available through podcasts and you can access course materials, lecture handouts and reading lists via the University’s virtual learning environment My Dundee.

How you will be assessed

Each subject module will use a range of different methods to assess your progress. The majority of our modules are assessed through coursework which may take the form of essays, written reports, and seminar presentations, and occasionally an exam. At Level 4 you will have the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

What you will study

Modules progress from Level 1 through to Level 4.  When making your choices it is important to remember that in order to undertake a Level 2 module you should normally have completed a Level 1 module in the same subject area, likewise with Level 3 and Level 4 modules.

Level 1 and Level 2 modules are worth 10 or 20 credits each. Level 3 and Level 4 modules are worth 30 credits each.  You can take a maximum of 110 credits in one academic year or as little as 30 credits. Most students choose to undertake two modules per semester. 

Teaching sessions (lectures, seminars and workshops) are timetabled between 09:00 and 21:00, Monday to Friday.

As a part-time student you can choose from a wide range of modules from a number of disciplines.

Please see our module pages for full details

Modules with evening provision will be clearly marked in the module pages for 2019/20. Some lectures may be available for you to view online with seminars and workshops held in the evening.

It may also be possible for you to gain credits towards the MA Degree by taking evening modules in Languages or the on-line Career Planning module. There is also the option of taking evening modules at the University of St Andrews, with whom a formal agreement has been established. The Advisor of Studies will be happy to discuss all of these options with you.

Parveen Yaqoob

Having plucked up the courage to ask about the possibility of starting to study, I can honestly say that I have never looked back and cannot thank the staff enough for their unending support in something that could have been so daunting without them! I would urge anyone who is considering studying after a long period of time to join the Part-time degree programme – it is incredible. The scope it covers gives you such a rounded outlook and so much more than just an opportunity to study. It’s given me a whole new kind of self-discipline, the opportunity to make great new friends and lots of self-confidence. If I can do it, anyone can!

Parveen Yaqoob
MA Arts & Social Sciences, graduated June 2016

Rowland Adeniyi Obisanya

I made the right choice to join the part-time MA degree as it has offered me a unique, hands-on academic experience that fits into my busy life. The programme has really helped me gain up-to-date skills relevant to my field, and I was able to secure a new job before I had even completed my studies!  The part-time MA degree offers endless opportunities that can open doors for anyone. Now I truly believe in the saying ‘Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself’.    

Rowland Adeniyi Obisanya
MA Arts & Social Sciences, graduated June 2016

James Ashwood

After I retired I was looking for something to do and certainly found it with the Part-time MA. Coming from a construction background to studying Arts and Social Sciences is so different and I was afraid I would struggle. My fears were groundless and I have taken to it like a duck to water. The staff are so knowledgeable and helpful and are always available for you with advice and guidance. My only regret is that I didn’t do this years ago.

James Ashwood
Current Part-time MA student, started 2012

The majority of students undertaking the Part-time MA Degree are already in employment and several have retired. Many have found that by undertaking degree level study that their confidence has grown and that they have transferred many of the skills they have developed while studying to other areas of their lives to achieve career progression or to go on to further study at postgraduate level.

Can I get help with the payment of fees?

Yes. If your personal income is £25,000 or less a year, or you’re on certain benefits, you can apply for a Part-time Fee Grant which covers your tuition fees if you are studying between 30–119 credits in an academic year. You must complete a minimum of two modules in one academic year to receive this funding. Further information and an application form can be found on the SAAS website.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fees for students starting 2019-20

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £303 for 20 credit module £455 for 30 Credit Module
Rest of UK students £1,541 for 20 credit module £2,312 for 30 Credit Module
Overseas students (non-EU) £2,879 for 20 credit module £4,318 for 30 Credit Module

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

Deadlines for applications: Wednesday 31 July 2019

Download an application form

Please send the completed application form to:

Part-time MA Administrator
School of Humanities
University of Dundee
Dundee
DD1 4HN

+44(0)1382 388625
parttime@dundee.ac.uk

 

The application process

When we have received your completed application form and references we will contact you to arrange an informal interview with the Advisor of Studies, who will be happy to provide you with more information and answer any questions you may have about this programme of study.

Admission to the course is based on your application, relevant experience, references and interview. At the interview, or shortly after, we will be able to let you know if your application has been successful.


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Degree UCAS Code
Part-time Degree MADIRECT-5094