An Integrated Master’s degree is a four year degree course which combines three years of undergraduate study with an additional fourth year at postgraduate level, in a single course.
What is an Integrated Master’s degree?
An Integrated Master’s degree combines undergraduate and postgraduate study. When you apply for an Integrated Master’s, you are essentially committing to undergraduate and postgraduate study at the same time. The Integrated Master’s degree is normally identical to the equivalent undergraduate course, but provides the opportunity to explore a subject in greater detail by offering a fourth year of study, enabling you to graduate with a more specialised qualification.
It typically lasts four to five years – depending on whether you undertake a sandwich year with a work placement. You will complete a full Honours degree, before continuing your course and studying for a fourth year in a related subject.
If you do not achieve the necessary standard of performance to continue onto the fourth year and complete the Integrated Masters, you can still graduate after three years with a Bachelor degree qualification.
Why study an integrated Masters degree?
If you wish to gain a specialist understanding of your subject for the purposes of pursuing an advanced technical or research-related career in your field, either in industry or academia, then the Integrated Master's degree is for you.
Another great benefit of applying for an Integrated Masters is that you’re Maintenance Loan and Tuition Fee Loan will extend to cover both the undergraduate and postgraduate part of your course. Applying for post graduate study after your undergraduate degree means you won’t receive the same level of financial support.
All four (or five, if undertaking a sandwich degree with a work placement year) years of an Integrated Master's degree are eligible for undergraduate student finance including tuition fee loans and maintenance loans and grants.
A professionally accredited Integrated Master’s degree allows you to apply for chartered status soon after graduation. We will be able to apply for chartered status for our new MEng courses once the first cohort of student’s graduates – accredited status will then be granted to your degree.
Advanced, Expert Skills
An Integrated Master's degree allows you to stand out from the crowd in a competitive graduate jobs market. Employers are increasingly looking for graduates with the advanced technical skills and expert understanding provided by an Integrated Master's degree course.
A major benefit of Integrated Master’s degree courses is the final year project which will help you to develop advanced laboratory, technical and professional skills that are required for research or other practically-based careers.
Prepare for PhD
Integrated Master's degrees provide an excellent springboard for PhD studies if you wish to pursue a career in academic research or in a specialist field of industry.
If you have applied to study on the standard undergraduate course, you can still apply to transfer to the Integrated Master's degree during your third year. You also still retain the option of leaving the course after three years with a Bachelor's degree.
What courses are available?
There are a wide range of courses now available at Integrated Master’s level at Birmingham City University in the fields of Accounting, Engineering, the Built Environment and Computing and Finance. These courses currently include:
How do I fund an integrated Master’s?
You fund an Integrated Master’s in exactly the same way as you fund your undergraduate course – through the government’s student loans and maintenance grants.
The only difference is that you will need your finance arrangements for fees and maintenance to cover an additional full year of study. For full details of the financial support available to students on both our Bachelor and Integrated Master’s programmes see our financial support pages.