Postgraduate Programme Structure

PostgradAt Sarum College students learn collaboratively in small groups. These meet for residential intensives throughout the year.

The MA course structure combines classroom and home-based study, which means students benefit from close contact with tutors and lecturers, with minimal disruption to domestic, ministerial, or professional responsibilities.

The normal requirement for postgraduate studies is a good first degree in a related subject. However students aged over 21 with other relevant experience and/or training may be admitted subject to interview.

Widely accessible


Sarum College MA degree programmes are delivered through intensive modules in the beautiful setting of Salisbury’s Cathedral Close and therefore suitable for those who live outside the Salisbury area.

Students from the Islands (eg, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, etc) are classed as ‘home’ students.

Study two to five years


The normal pattern of study is two years of taught modules and one year of supervised individual study for the dissertation. The maximum period to complete the degree is five years, which makes it attractive to mature students occupied full time at home or in employment.

Core modules


Compulsory core modules introduce the area of study and offer a framework to help integrate the MA pathway as a whole.

Optional modules


Students may then choose from a range of options in the light of their own interests and concerns. These are supplemented by tutorial support, guided private study and assessed written work. Students may be resident or non-resident.

A further element of the course is research and study skills that are designed to develop the essential skills for study at this level, including research for the dissertation. The classes (plus additional assessed work) will be credit-rated for any student planning to go on eventually to a research degree.

Students attend six taught modules (4pm Monday to 5.15pm Thursday) over two years and write a dissertation in their third year.

Subject to availability, individual modules are open to all without having to register for the full MA.