Types of Courses

There are a number of ways for you to learn with us. Each type of course offers different levels of qualification and flexibility to suit you.

We offer the following different courses:

Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate Bachelors Degree - BA / BSc

Honours degrees form the largest group of Higher Education qualifications. Typical courses last for three years on a full-time basis and lead to a Bachelors degree with honours.

Undergraduate Masters Degree - MComp / MDes

This is a four-year programme with a wider range of taught units, usually including a research element in the final year. This type of degree can be used for advanced entry to postgraduate education.

You may transfer between Bachelors and Masters courses depending on achievement.

Undergraduate Study Units

Degrees are made up of a range of related units some of which you may be able to choose.

Levels one and two – you usually take eight units, usually some compulsory and some from a list of options.

Level three - you usually take six units plus a dissertation or independent study worth two units.

Joint Honours Degrees

Some of our courses are Joint Honours Degrees where you study two related subjects. All of our Joint Honours Degrees involve subjects that are mutually complementary and learning or achievement in one area informs the other.

Typically you will spend 50 per cent of your time in each subject throughout the duration of your course. A Joint Honours Degree enables you to experience a greater range of study, creates a potentially wider selection of career opportunities and postgraduate study options and enables you to develop a wide range of subject-specific and transferable skills.

On Joint Honours Degrees, study units (see Undergraduate Study Units above) are divided and you may have less choice to ensure you explore each subject thoroughly.

Top-up Degrees

If you have a Foundation degree or Higher National Diploma (HND), a Top-up degree is an excellent way to boost your existing qualifications and open up new career possibilities.

Despite only taking around one year to complete, Top-up students graduate with a prestigious, full Honours degree from the University of Lincoln.

Further information about top-up degrees

Postgraduate Programmes

Postgraduate study is either a “Taught” or “Research” programme.

“Taught” programmes (MA/MSc/MBA) follow a prescribed pattern of study and are usually subject specific.

Research programmes are higher level programmes enhancing independent study through original inquiry, working toward an MPhil/PhD.

Part-time Study

The flexibility of part-time study allows you to find a course that fits around your lifestyle, work and other commitments.

A number of our courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level are available to study on a part-time basis. Please see individual course listings or contact us on +44 (0)1522 886644 for further information.

Short Courses

Short courses can boost your career prospects, build on your hobbies and interests or introduce you to a whole new subject.

The University of Lincoln offers short courses, many of which are professionally accredited, across a range of subject areas and disciplines.

Foundation Degrees

The University of Lincoln offers a range of Foundation Degrees which combine academic study with work-based learning.

Foundation degrees typically focus on a particular industry to equip you for a career in that area.


Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes which involve training on the job to gain relevant skills and a recognised qualification, whilst earning.

Ideally, you will already be employed in a role relevant to your apprenticeship training but we can assist you through the National Apprenticeship Service to find a suitable vacancy.