Take our short course route to an online Masters degree

Start with a short course

Use our online short courses as a flexible entry route to some of our online Masters degrees.

Short course routes help you start studying for a Masters when:

  • you do not meet the Masters degree’s formal entry requirements
  • you’ve missed the degree’s application deadline, or
  • you want to start your postgraduate studies without committing to a full degree.

Study for an online Masters without a degree

If you do not have an undergraduate degree, you can use the short course route to prove you’re capable of studying at Masters level.

Then you can apply to transfer to the full Masters degree.



Purchase and complete the recommended short courses that are part of your chosen Masters degree.


Earn your credits

Successfully complete the courses to earn your credits and prove you’re capable of Masters-level study.



Apply to be fast-tracked onto your chosen Masters programme.

Online degrees with short course routes

Find out more about our short course routes.

MSc Clinical Nutrition

Join an online Nutrition degree accredited by the Association for Nutrition. Study the link between diet and health, and how issues of over and undernutrition affect populations today.

View short course route to MSc Clinical Nutrition

LLM Dispute Resolution

Enhance your non-court dispute resolution skills with this online Masters accredited by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

View short course route to LLM Dispute Resolution

MSc Geographical Information Systems

Prepare for a career in the innovative field of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Build your skills in this essential area of the world’s information infrastructure.

View short course route to MSc Geographical Information Systems

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Join an online Master of Public Health (MPH) you can tailor to your career. Study with experts and choose from a wide range of courses to focus your training.

View short course route to MPH

LLM Oil and Gas Law

Our LLM in Oil and Gas Law has been producing outstanding energy lawyers for over a decade. Join the flexible, online version of this LLM and earn your Masters part-time, without taking a career break.

View short course route to LLM Oil and Gas Law

MSc Project Management

Learn to lead projects to success in any industry. Gain a fully APM-accredited qualification in project management, studying part-time online.

View short course route to MSc Project Management

MLitt Scottish Heritage

Explore the rich history, art and philosophy of Scotland and its people. Access rare archive treasures and award-winning online teaching, with this flexible online Masters.

View short course route to MLitt Scottish Heritage

Postgraduate awards with short course routes

PgCert Psychology in the Workplace

Earn a graduate qualification in workplace psychology. Tailor your PgCert to your interests and career aspirations with the guidance of expert psychologists and researchers.

View short course route to Psychology in the Workplace

PgCert Research Methods for Health

Learn to design and carry out healthcare research projects. Study part-time with active health researchers at an award-winning health sciences university.

View short course route to Research Methods for Health

Study with flexibility

We also offer short course entry to some online Masters programmes for which you must have an undergraduate degree.

Here, the short course route allows you to:

  • start your postgraduate studies without committing to a full Masters, or
  • join an online Masters degree if you’ve missed the degree’s application deadline.

MSc Renewable Energy Engineering

Become an engineer in the renewable energy sector with our triple-accredited online MSc. Train online with internationally experienced engineers and learn direct from industry.

View short course route to MSc Renewable Energy Engineering