Graduate Certificates and Diplomas are similar to the third year of an undergraduate degree. They are aimed those with a degree who want to gain a better understanding of a subject they have not previously studied.

Graduate Certificates and Diplomas can take up to a year to complete (diplomas involve more work than certificates), depending on whether you choose to study full-time or part-time. Studying will involve lectures, exams and most probably a dissertation. Depending on the provider, costs can vary widely, from approximately £5,000-£12,000.

Certificates and Diplomas are offered in a limited range of subjects that are typically work-related, such as management, law, counselling or psychology. The most well-known example of a Graduate Certificate is the Law conversion course, which offers students with any degree, the opportunity to train as a solicitor or barrister. They are also common for subjects such as psychology, which require an accredited qualification.  

After completing a Graduate Certificate or Diploma students can go on to do a Masters or can enter a profession. To apply for a graduate certificate or diploma students go through the university or other course provider directly.


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