Postgraduate courses at Hartpury University

Create your future

Choose from master’s degrees and PhD study in animal, agriculture, business, equine, sport and veterinary subjects. Our world-class facilities and expertise, small class sizes and a personal teaching approach offer students what they need to succeed.

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At Hartpury University, you’ll be supported to achieve your unique goals and create your future. Our postgraduate degrees are developed with insight from employers and in partnership with industry.

You’ll learn from lecturers who are practising professionals and leaders in specialist research. Our academic staff include top coaches, trainers, scientists, behaviourists, nutritionists, veterinary professionals, psychologists and more. We offer flexible part-time and full-time postgraduate programmes at different levels to fit around commitments.

Postgraduate qualifications explained

MSc and MRes degrees

A taught master’s degree involves lectures and practical sessions, alongside the completion of a dissertation or project. At Hartpury, our taught master’s qualifications include:

  • Master’s in Science (MSc): usually a one, two or three-year degree, offering compulsory and optional modules focused on a dissertation.
  • Master of Research (MRes): a one, two or three-year degree, offering compulsory and optional modules focused on a significant piece of independent research.
  • Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) and Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip): usually one-year qualifications, forming part of the full MSc or MRes degrees, providing the opportunity to study recognised shorter qualifications whilst allowing flexibility to progress each qualification through to the next level on successful completion, including the full master’s degree.
  • Integrated Master’s degree (MSci): undergraduate and postgraduate level study in one qualification. Your final two years will focus on postgraduate-level study.
Master's degrees

Doctorate degrees

Our Doctorate’s of Philosophy (PhDs) can be taken on successful completion of a master’s degree or directly from your undergraduate degree.

The main component is the doctoral thesis - a significant research project on a specialist topic that adds new knowledge or understanding to your field of study, and is worthy of publication.

Doctorates are generally completed over three to five years and on successful completion, you’ll be able to put Dr. in front of your name.

PhD study

Why study at postgraduate level?

Postgraduate study is an exciting opportunity to develop specialist expertise to advance or change your career. You'll immerse yourself in a subject you’re passionate about, while making a difference to the world through advancing research or real-world practice.

Postgraduate qualifications can provide stronger earning potential. According to the UK Government's Graduate Labour Market Survey (GLMS) the median salary of a postgraduate in 2021 was £42,000, compared to £36,000 for a graduate.

Benefit from world-class facilities on a campus that’s home to thriving businesses, creating a semi-professional learning environment that enables our students to gain essential experience.

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Postgraduate Open Day

Join us on Saturday 8 June 2024 for our Postgraduate Open Day, bookings are open now.

This provides a fantastic opportunity for you to talk to our academic teams about our courses and how our qualifications could change your future.

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Top 20

We're a top 20 UK university for postgraduate teaching, engagement, assessment, organisation and support (PTES 2023).

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World leading

Our research has been recognised as 'world-leading' and 'internationally excellent' (Research Excellence Framework 2021).

Fees & Funding

It's a good idea to think about fees and funding around your course as early as you can. We can help you to understand and take control of your finances. Here’s everything you need to know at a glance.

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Our specialist facilities match our specialist nature. Students benefit from access to some of the most advanced facilities in the world at an educational institution.


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Find out more about our courses, professional learning environments and commercial industry connections. Learn about our world-class facilities and speak with our academic teams about how our qualifications could help to change or progress your career.

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