Postgraduate Certificates & Diplomas

A postgraduate certificate can either be studied as part of a master's degree or as an individual study.


To help you balance work and life commitments, we offer a range of flexible study options.

Part-time and distance-learning options

You can choose to study many of our postgraduate courses on either a full or part-time basis. Some courses are also available on a distance-learning basis.

Many students choose the part-time route to minimise disruption to personal and professional life, and to balance study with existing commitments. 

Check individual course details to see what options are open to you.

Take breaks from study

To make it easier to study for your postgraduate qualification while you work or take care of family, many of our master's courses offer intermediate awards like the postgraduate certificate (PGCert) and postgraduate diploma (PGDip). You can complete a PGCert or PGDip and then take a break from studying, returning at a later date to continue studying and gain a master's.

Study individual modules

You can also choose to take a number of our individual course modules as stand-alone short courses. We operate a credit accumulation and transfer scheme: for every postgraduate module that you pass at the University of Brighton, you receive a certain number of points. Most standard postgraduate modules have a value of 10 points.

You can transfer these points to other higher education institutions, nationally and internationally, and they will count towards your qualifications there.

Your experience could count towards your qualification

In some cases, certain work experience or other kinds of learning may count towards your qualification. If you think that you may be eligible please contact the admissions team identified in individual course descriptions for advice before you apply.


The taught postgraduate options we offer include:

  • Master's degree – such as MSc, MA many of which offer the option of completing a postgraduate certificate (PGCert) and a postgraduate diploma (PGDIP) as intermediate awards
  • MBA (Master's in Business Administration)
  • PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) and a variety of other professional qualifications
  • DBA (Doctorate in Business Administration) in collaboration with Audencia