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What is an applied masters degree?

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Here at the University of Sunderland, we offer a range of applied masters degrees including:

An applied masters degree is a two-year, 240 credit postgraduate course that offers you the opportunity to undertake a placement alongside your on-campus learning. The taught modules ensure you develop a well-rounded set of skills and knowledge in your chosen area, before you begin the placement element of the course and put your new skills into practice.

Some of our applied masters degrees are conversion courses, meaning you don’t need any prior experience (educational, professional or otherwise) in the area to study them. These courses are designed specifically to teach people from any discipline or degree background who want to move into a career in a new area. Such courses include MSc Applied Computing and MSc Applied Project Management.

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Why study an applied masters degree?

Postgraduate study can lead to a higher salary, quicker career progression and builds on the knowledge and skills you’ve already acquired in your undergraduate degree. But what are the benefits of studying an applied masters degree compared to a typical masters degree?

  • Real-world experience: The addition of a professional placement opportunity will provide you with experience of working in a real-world context where you can apply the academic knowledge and skills you have acquired on your course, and develop the abilities, skills and behaviours associated with work at this level. If you study one of our computing-related applied masters degrees, you’ll be able to undertake a placement in an industry organisation (subject to availability) or develop professional practice projects, either working in our Digital Incubator, or on research-based projects with one of our academic research teams.
  • Opportunities to network with industry professionals: The strong employability focus of an applied masters degree means you’ll regularly interact with employers and industry professionals, not just through your placement but also through guest lectures and attendance at networking events.
  • Contextualise your masters project: Most masters degrees have a masters project or dissertation to complete at the end, and applied masters degrees are no exception. You’ll complete your project after undertaking your professional placement, during which you’ll have the opportunity to experience live and ongoing issues. You’ll therefore be able to apply what you have learned during your placement experience to your masters project, cementing your knowledge and potentially increasing your degree classification.

Interested? Why not make an application today – simply head to the relevant course page, hit the ‘Apply now’ button and complete our online application form, it couldn’t be simpler.

Further information

Join us at our next postgraduate open day to learn more about our applied masters degrees. Discover Sunderland through our Virtual Campus Tour or chat to our students to find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Sunderland.

Published: 11 June 2021