Studying part-time

We have a number of students who decide to study part-time. Here are answers to some of the questions we are frequently asked about part-time study.

Can I study any postgraduate programme part-time?

Most of our masters programmes can be taken part-time. There are exceptions however and you should check when you enquire about the particular programme you are interested in. The MPhil/PhD may also be taken part-time.

How long can I take to complete a Masters degree?

As a general rule all our MA programmes must be taken within two years with the exception of the distance learning MA in Western Esotericism which may be taken over a longer period.

How long can I take to complete a PhD?

If you are studying part-time you may take a maximum of six years to study for the PhD, plus one year to write up your research

How much does it cost to study part-time?

Tuition fees for masters programmes are a percentage of the full-time fee and depend on the amount of credits you take during the year. MPhil/PhD students pay a yearly rate.

Do I have to pay my tuition fees up front or can I pay in instalments?

Tuition fees are due at the beginning of your course, however, as a concession, the University does allow students to pay their tuition fees in two equal instalments.  For further information, please see the Tuition fee pages.

Can I defer my second year for the Masters to another time?

This may be possible but should be discussed with your programme director.

I need to arrange child care, so can I have the times and dates of seminars and tutorials several months in advance?

As much as we aim to support students with families, it is not possible for us to arrange timetables months in advance. Timetables are usually made available to students at the beginning of September. You may be able to take advantage of child care arrangements at the University. Visit the Facilities and Support web page on the University's Postgraduate Study website for details.

What support is available for disabled students?

The University's Disability Resource Centre provides support and advice for students with disabilities. Visit the Facilities and Support web page on the University's Postgraduate Study website for details.

I chose Exeter because I work full-time and live in the City. The university campus is situated in a convenient location. I was also impressed with the number of countries that were represented by students on the course. Having tutors with direct experience of working the public sector ensures seminar discussions involve empirical evidence, as well as theory. The tutors at Exeter have been excellent; willing to have discussions outside of seminars and always approachable. Working within the policy team of a local authority, the MA relates directly to my work. I have been able to use the ideas originated in seminar discussion to facilitate projects I am undertaking in the office. Tutors are the most valuable resource a university has and Exeter has the cream of the crop.

Eve Barisic, UK
Part-time MA student, Department of Politics