Postgraduate FAQ's

Postgraduate FAQ's

Find answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding postgraduate study at Coventry University.

Absolutely. We have postgraduate courses at our Coventry and London campuses, as well as 100% online starting this September. We also have intakes in January and May on many of our courses.

Social distancing requirements mean that on-campus activity has to be reduced. Timetabling will be managed to avoid large gatherings of students and to minimise the number of days per week that commuting students will need to travel onto campus, and students will be taught in the same small groups (pods) for any on-campus activities e.g. tutorials, laboratories, studios, practical assessments etc.

If you are unable to join us on campus at the start of your course, we offer a fully online route for the vast majority of our courses as long as there are no specific requirements for on-campus activity (e.g. laboratory, workshop, simulation sessions) that cannot be managed online. It is your choice whether to attend on-campus delivery initially or not; for international students this is subject to any Tier 4 visa requirements specified by the Home Office. A full list of courses that can be accessed fully online will be available here.

All lectures will take place online and as pre-recorded sessions (not live sessions) to provide greater accessibility.

Resuming the delivery of large lectures on-campus during the next academic year is very unlikely.

A full statement relating to our planning for September 2020 and beyond is available here.
Our very latest position in relation to the September intake is continually updated on our applicant and offer holders’ page.

At Coventry University we appreciate the motivations for postgraduate study are varied. You may be looking to advance your career, or want to develop your knowledge and understanding in a particular subject further.

Studying a postgraduate qualification with Coventry University will empower you to take your passion and love of a subject to the next level. It will enable you to develop your personal and professional skills and networks, as well as gain new friends.

We offer a number of postgraduate courses at our University and we encourage you to take a look at our postgraduate courses to find the right course for you.  We are also offering PGCE teaching courses for the first time this year.

A postgraduate qualification is the next level after a bachelor’s degree. Our postgraduate courses will give you the opportunity to study the subjects you studied during your bachelor degree in a lot more depth.

Postgraduate degrees tackle more advanced material than undergraduate degrees and students are expected to study more independently. But anyone who has completed an undergraduate degree should be prepared for postgraduate study.

We are delighted that you are interested in finding out more about postgraduate study at Coventry University. We hope to demonstrate why our forward-thinking approach, modern facilities and practical learning style have resulted in Coventry University being ranked 15th in the UK and University of the Year for Student Experience (2019).

  • Top 15 UK University 5 years running - Guardian University Guide 2016-2020
  • University of the Year for Student Experience 2019 - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
  • 5 QS Stars Rated for Excellence - Teaching, Facilities, Employability, Internationalisation and Inclusiveness - QS Stars University Ratings 2020 
  • Highest ranking modern university in England - Guardian University Guide 2013 – 2019 
  • Outstanding teaching and learning - No.2 UK University for student satisfaction, retention and graduate employment rates - Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2017

Learn more about our awards.

The majority of our courses require an undergraduate degree award of 2.2 or above and in some cases a relevant or related degree. We do also consider work experience on an individual basis, if you don’t have formal qualifications.    

Each course is different so please check the course page for the detail of individual entry requirements.

The best way to discover more about our postgraduate courses, and to make your decision of where to study, is to contact to us to find out more. We have lots of different ways to get in touch;

We offer full-time (FT), part-time (PT) blended learning (BL) and Online learning (OL) postgraduate courses.

If you are studying full-time, your postgraduate course will usually be shorter than an undergraduate course – on average taking a year to complete. Whereas with part-time and online learning courses, the course duration will be longer than if you were studying full-time.

The decision to study part-time, full-time or online is a personal one and is dependent on how you like to study and how you can fit in your studies around your personal life and other commitments like work.

A full-time course can be more intensive and is normally completed within 12 months, whereas part-time courses can be split over 24 months and an online course even longer, being more flexible and adapting to a student’s needs. 

Our blended learning approach combines innovative digital teaching and opportunities for interaction online with face-to-face contact.

Our fully online learning approach will give you access to our world-class teaching, but all of your lectures and assessments will take place online. We provide tutor support, study materials, and a 24/7 access to our online library and the virtual learning environment.

We accept new postgraduate students in January, May and September. Not all courses begin in each intake, so please check our website course pages for the next available start date.

A taught postgraduate course is very similar to undergraduate study, with seminars lectures and assignments. Whereas a research based postgraduate course, such as a PhD, is more independent, in which you will have tutorials but it mainly focusses on your thesis with your supervisor. Please visit our research website here for more information.

When applying for a postgraduate taught course, you can apply directly through our website here. We do not charge application fees. If you would prefer our admissions team to support you with your application, please contact us.

Yes. We might require a separate personal statement depending upon the courses selected.   Please note, that you can only study one course at a time. So if you have been accepted for more than one course, you will need to make a choice.

It can take up to 5 working days for our Admissions team to process a standard application. If there is any missing supporting documentation, our admissions team will contact you.

The quickest way to get in touch with our PG admissions team is via Live Chat or by completing our enquiry form.

We have intakes in September, January and May but not all courses run across all intakes for new students. If you wish to inform us of your intention to delay your studies, you can do so by completing a deferral request form and one of our team will contact you to discuss your options.

Thankfully, there is a range of financial support available for postgraduate study, including loans, and flexible payment options.

UK/EU postgraduate loan scheme 

Government-backed student loans are available to support postgraduate study in England. To see if you qualify and for more information see the SFE website.

Coventry University Alumni Discount

Students who have previously completed an undergraduate degree with the Coventry University Group and go on to enrol on a postgraduate taught course are eligible for a 15% discount on their course fee.

Flexible payment scheme 

We offer flexible payment options in accordance with the type of funding you are receiving and when you will receive it. This enables you to set up payment due dates in line with your funding arrangements, giving you peace of mind that your course costs can be budgeted for and met, avoiding unnecessary financial pressure. We offer both direct debit and automated recurring card payments which will be set up at the start of your course. 

100% online learners

Those learners choosing to study one of our postgraduate degrees 100% through an online platform, may be able to take advantage of our pay-per-module scheme, where learners only pay for the number of credits being studied in each semester.

For more information, click here.

We have numerous on and off campus accommodation available for our postgraduate learners in Coventry. This guide, will provide you with details of the options available, as well as some frequently asked questions.


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