Find the Qualification for You
Undergraduate study is the first higher-level qualification offered at university and often takes the form of a Bachelor of Arts or Science. It usually takes 2-4 years to complete a degree of this nature.
Our Undergraduate courses can be studied full time on campus, with some courses also available part-time. We also offer options which are 100% online through our partner international colleges.Explore Undergraduate Degrees
A Level 7 qualification, PG Diplomas & Certificates take less time to complete than a traditional Master's.
A PG Certificate is equivalent to one-third of a Master’s, whilst a PG Diploma is valued at two-thirds. Some courses may offer the opportunity to top-up PG Certificates and Diplomas to a Master's level qualification at a later date.Explore Postgraduate Degrees
A Master's Degree is a complete Level 7 qualification and can be an opportunity to explore an area of interest in further detail or take the next step towards a Doctorate.
While at the same level as a PG Diploma or Certificate, this qualification requires an intensive period of study and the completion of a dissertation.
A Master's can take one to two years to complete through full-time study. Students can focus on a taught or research course that will increase employability.Explore Master's Degrees
If you already have an Undergraduate degree, a great next step is training to teach. A Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is equivalent to 60 credits of a Master’s degree and is available in a number of specialisms.
A PGCE course gives you the skills you need to teach your passion in a classroom setting. Typically lasting one year, students undertake school placements, supported by one-to-one academic support in preparation for their teaching career.Explore PGCE
The highest level of qualification, a PhD offers the opportunity for students to make a significant contribution to their field of study. As a research based qualification, with potential taught components, a full-time PhD typically takes three to four years.
Students will become experts in their field, collaborating with others to conduct and publish a piece of research.Explore PhD
Challenge yourself, enhance your career prospects and transform your future with a CPD course at the University of Cumbria. Choose from flexible online courses, accredited CPD courses and degree top-ups, apprenticeships, university-based short courses and bespoke training options. Our CPD and short university courses focus on thought leadership based learning and qualifications across three exceptional career paths: Health, Business and Education.Explore CPD and Short Courses
Why Choose Cumbria
Bring your real-world experience to your studies. Get the most out of your course when we help you align your working experience with academic material – creating a course unique to you.
Our tutors are experts who teach, with heaps of industry knowledge. You’ll benefit from the expertise, network and industry connections of our academics when you join our community of students.
With flexible learning and a variety of study options, we deliver courses that fit around your life. Whatever your passion is, we’re here to support your journey, no matter what life throws at you.
We did it!
I hadn’t been in education since leaving college at 19 with a HND in Sports Science … I was actively looking for a career change but had not considered University. I've always had a keen interest in sport and injuries and having looked at University saw the Sports Rehabilitation degree which ticked all the boxes for me in terms of interests and an exciting new career.
Ben Hargreaves, BSc (HONS) Sport Rehabilitation
Ben spent nearly 15 years out of education before deciding he wanted a change in his career. He used our 4-year Integrated Foundation Year route into Sports Rehabilitation to get back into education.
I’ve always wanted to be a PE or primary teacher and spend the rest of my career contributing to the local community back home. My wife was already a teacher and I don’t think there’s any other career that matches teaching.
STEAFAN DEERY, PGCE PRIMARY WITH PHYSICAL EDUCATION SPECIALISM
Steafan Deery was a PE specialist with the Irish Football Association who retrained to become a teacher.
My life is completely changed through retraining. I am studying for a career that I love and that feels right for me. I am very proud of what the university has enabled me to achieve. For me, the University of Cumbria is the place to study if you want to study at an up and coming, supportive university.
CHANTEL CUMPSTY, BSC (HONS) MIDWIFERY
Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Chantel lived first in Yorkshire then moved to Lancaster. She already had a degree in Women’s Studies but was unsure what to do career wise.
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