The LSBF postgraduate portfolio includes a wide range of master’s degree and pre-master’s programmes in management, finance, marketing and business law.
Our programmes give you access to the highest quality academic partners, extensive corporate networks and modern city-centre campus facilities, allowing you to carve out a successful career in the global business arena.
You can also combine a postgraduate programme with a professional qualification such as ACCA, CIMA or CFA®, or an eCornell certificate to maximise your career potential.
This international qualification will equip you with the latest management and leadership skills required by global organisations. Specialisations allow you to tailor your degree to match your interests, experience and career goals.
Gain a comprehensive understanding of the ever-changing field of finance and investment, along with invaluable insight into the markets and systems – in both developed and emerging economies.
Obtain the essential marketing skills required by today's top organisations. Learn how to implement in-depth market research, perform data analysis and strategic planning, and how to evaluate marketing strategies in a meaningful way.
Get an internationally recognised postgraduate law degree that will set you apart from your peers. This programme reflects the modern international marketplace and gives potential business leaders a firm grasp of the legal processes governing business.
What is a postgraduate degree?
A postgraduate degree is an advanced qualification, taken after the student has already finished their undergraduate course (or equivalent).
Unlike most undergraduate degrees, a postgraduate usually lasts only one or two years if the student is studying full-time.
The three most common forms of postgraduate are:
- Master’s (MA, MSc)
- Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert)
- Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)
A postgraduate certificate usually contains four modules, whereas a postgraduate diploma contains six. A master’s degree is similar to a postgraduate diploma, but is more focused on academic skills, and includes a thesis or another form of independent study or research. In addition, many postgraduate diplomas focus on a vocational subject instead of academic subjects, and often appeal to students with a specific career goal in mind.
There are also two forms of master’s degree: taught and research. A taught master’s uses similar methods to an undergraduate degree, such as lectures, seminars, essays, and exams, as well as tutor support. A research master’s involves the close study of one topic through writing a dissertation with a supervisor’s support.
Most postgraduate programmes involve working with other students in lectures and seminars, with coursework to track your progress. There may also be a practical element involved, such as a work programme, which will help you to experience working in your chosen profession.
Taking a postgraduate degree gives you the opportunity to:
- Improve your job prospects or choose a new direction for your career
- Gain a particular qualification for the job you want, such as a law degree
- Benefit from flexible study – many students study part-time whilst they continue working
- Learn more about a topic that interests you, particularly on a master’s degree
- Begin to build a network of potential contacts through work experience
At LSBF, you can choose from a wide range of master’s degrees, pre-master’s programmes, or a combination of a postgraduate programme with a professional qualification.
What requirements are needed for a postgraduate degree?
For the majority of postgraduate degrees, you need to have completed an undergraduate degree or equivalent before applying. However, if you did not go to university, relevant work experience is sometimes accepted instead.
Entry requirements can differ greatly between programmes and between institutions, so make sure you check before applying. They can also be different for home and overseas students.
If you are not a native English speaker, you may also need to prove that you can communicate well in written and spoken English before being accepted onto a course.
LSBF offers three pre – masters courses if you need to improve your skills before starting a postgraduate degree with us, including pre-sessional English (UAP) to improve your English language skills.
Will postgraduate study improve my job prospects?
In general, having a postgraduate degree does improve job prospects, but it requires research and careful planning of how you will proceed after you finish the degree.
By studying a postgraduate course, you will gain a deeper understanding of the field you want to work it, and potentially relevant work experience as well. This is helpful to you when applying for jobs, as the employer will see from your CV that you have an active interest in the field and therefore are likely to be a good asset to their business. If you want to pursue an academic career, postgraduate degrees are especially useful, as they show dedication to study – particularly a master’s degree.
Some employers will give employees with a postgraduate qualification a higher starting salary because of their knowledge, and promotion can be more likely.
It is also easier to change your job if you take a postgraduate degree in your new field before applying for jobs – you can gain practical training, as well as demonstrating to potential employers that you are committed to the change.
In effect, taking a postgraduate degree can only be a positive thing for your career. Even if there are no direct benefits at first, you will feel more confident in your job knowing that you have a good background to rely on.
What's the difference between an MA and an MSc?
The main difference between an MA and an MSc is the subject matter: an MA stands for ‘Master of Arts’, whereas an MSc stands for ‘Master of Sciences’.
MA’s focus on the humanities, such as history or English literature, and use research and essay writing as the main forms of study.
MSc’s focus on the sciences, such as medicine, and require a lot of theoretical knowledge, reading, and research.
Most master’s degrees only have a few hours of contact time with a tutor; the majority of the degree is independent study by the student. In general, students take master’s degrees full-time, though part-time options are available for those with work or family commitments.
Students who study a master’s degree are awarded a distinction, merit or pass when they complete it.
LSBF offers open days throughout the year specifically for our postgraduate programmes, so you can speak to us in person about the options that are available to you. We also hold postgraduate drop-in sessions every Thursday if the open day is not convenient for you, as well as attending various education and career fairs in the UK and abroad.
LSBF’s Postgraduate Open Days
Our open days are the best way to understand what student life is like at LSBF. You will have the chance to find out about how you will study, what is expected of you, and the kind of academic life you will have – as well as the social life.
You will be able to:
- Speak to our career advisors
- Meet students and staff to find out what their experiences have been
- Discuss your funding options
- Visit the campus and the classrooms you will be studying in
- Learn about available accommodation
- Find out more information about visas
Each open day usually consists of a presentation and Q&A session with the academic dean and with the head of career services. You will be able to ask them both any questions you may have about studying at LSBF, postgraduate courses, and job prospects once you have graduated.
After these presentations, you can take part in one-to-one consultations for an in-depth conversation about the programme you are interested in.
Contact a programme advisor by calling 020 7823 2303
or by completing the Enquiry Form below.