Postgraduate awards and degrees

The Department offers a range of part-time postgraduate study options in an array of subject areas. Certificates, diplomas, master's degrees and DPhil (PhD) programmes are a great way to further your study, progress in your career or learn for personal enrichment.

Programme formats and delivery vary but some are taught mostly online, while others are formed of online study with short residencies in Oxford.

Find the right course for you using the subject list below, or learn more about the different postgraduate course levels we offer.

Environment and sustainability

Health sciences, including psychology and counselling 

Humanities and cultural studies

Course levels explained

Postgraduate certificates

Postgraduate certificates

Postgraduate certificates are taught at the same level as master's degrees and are ideal for those who wish to advance their knowledge and career prospects.

Postgraduate diplomas

Postgraduate diplomas

Taught at the same level as master's degrees, postgraduate diplomas usually take longer to complete than postgraduate certificates.

Master of Studies programmes

Master of Studies programmes

The Department offers a range of part-time Master of Studies (MSt) programmes as well as one full-time course. An MSt is a postgraduate degree awarded in disciplines including art, history and social sciences.

Master of Science programmes

Master of Science programmes

The Department offers 13 part-time Master of Science (MSc) programmes – a postgraduate degree awarded in science or social science.

DPhil programmes

DPhil programmes

Part-time DPhil programmes with the Department for Continuing Education. 'DPhil' stands for 'Doctor of Philosophy', sometimes referred to as a 'doctorate' or 'PhD'.

Graduate school

Graduate school

Information for graduate students at the Department for Continuing Education.