Types of Courses at Lincoln

At Lincoln, there are a number of types and levels of course you can study. Different levels of course require different amounts of time, and provide different qualifications.

We offer the following courses types:

Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate Bachelors Degree - BA / BSc

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

Undergraduate Masters Degree - MA /MComp / MChem / MEng

This is usually a four-year programme with a wider range of taught units, often 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.

During levels one and two, you usually take eight units. Often some are compulsory and some are chosen from a list of options.

During level three you usually take six units plus a dissertation or independent study which is worth two units.

Joint Honours Degrees

Some of our courses are Joint Honours Degrees where you study two related subjects, such as International Relations and Politics. All of our Joint Honours Degrees involve subjects that are complementary, where learning 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 fewer options to choose your own modules to ensure you complete all compulsory modules.

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.

These programmes only taking around one year to complete, but 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 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 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

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.