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The University of Cumbria was created in August 2007, through the amalgamation of existing HEIs in the county, as an agent for transformational change in the educational, social, cultural and economic life of the region. As such, the university has high aspirations for its students, its communities and itself.


With campuses in Carlisle, Newton Rigg, Penrith and Lancaster and a specialist teacher-education centre in London, the university offers postgraduate programmes across its three faculties.


Offering a very high quality learning experience in a supportive environment enabling students to achieve their personal and professional potential wherever they study, the university is committed to learning which is innovative, flexible and student centred and which utilises the latest technology. The university also works closely with employers, schools, colleges and agencies in the region to offer research, scholarship and knowledge transfer excellence which shapes and supports social, cultural and economic development in support of the inclusion sustainable communities agenda. The University of Cumbria celebrates that its graduates will be creative, enterprising and resourceful and equipped to lead in their fields and in their communities.

Cumbria University building


With excellent resources and facilities, some, as in the case of radiography, amongst the most advanced in the UK, the university is able to prepare its postgraduates students for employment in the real world – they hit the ground running saving employers the costly process of induction.


Conventional, taught, postgraduate programmes are available along with degrees by research. Within the education faculty, subject knowledge enhancement courses, colloquially known as conversion courses, are offered in those teaching areas which currently suffer from a scarcity of qualified professionals.

Student support

Any advice or guidance you might need on a wide range of issues, from childcare provision to budget planning; counselling to careers advice; and disability support to academic skills development - is available from our one-stop-shops on each campus through which you can access highly trained and dedicated staff who can help you to maximise your potential while at university and beyond.

Fees and finance

Please visit our website for more information about Student finance information

Postgraduate EU students

From September 2013, we will charge £8,250* per year tuition fees for our HEFCE funded undergraduate honours degree courses and £6,200 for foundation degree courses. For more information on postgraduate fees, visit the postgraduate finance page.

*We have agreed to set fees at £9,000 for full-time teacher training courses. Historically the cost of delivering teacher training courses is higher due to the intense nature of the course and the cost of placements and payments to schools.

Postgraduate fees 2011-12 - Non-EU students

The figures below are based on information for 2012. Fees for 2013 entry will be announced soon.

Postgraduate fees for Non-Eu students

  • MA - £9,960*
  • MSc standard - £10,995*
  • MSc Occupational Therapy - £15,400*
  • MBA - £10,995*
  • Non-medical prescribing - £2,800
  • Research degrees (full-time) - £11,200
  • Research degrees (part-time or full-time studying away) - £5,700

*For self-funding students an early payment discount of £1000 is available


List of postgraduate courses

Cumbria University building


  • MA Accounting and Finance
  • MA Business Management
  • PgD/PgC Management Studies
  • MBA Master of Business Administration
  • MBA Master of Business Administration (Education)
  • MBA Leadership and Sustainability


  • MA/PgD/PgC Education with named pathways in Leadership and Management, Leadership in Special Educational Needs, Leadership in Early Years Settings, Leading Integrated Children’s Services, Higher Education, and Inclusive Practice
  • MTL Masters in Teaching and Learning
  • PgC Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • PgC National Award for SEN Coordination


  • Primary PGCE (3-7years; 5-11 years; 5-11 years with French specialism)
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education – Distributed Learning Programme (5-11years)
  • PGCE Secondary with named pathways (Citzenship, MFL, English, Art & Design, Science, Geography, RE, IT, Music, Design & Technology, Mathematics, History)
  • SKE (Subject Knowledge Enhancement) in maths, chemistry, physics, IT, RE


  • MA Advanced Mental Health Practice (AHMP) (NEW)
  • MSc/PgD/PgC Advanced Nursing Practice (with routes: Leadership and Nurse Practitioner)
  • MSc/PgD/PgC Advanced Practice in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • MSc/PgD/PgC Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care
  • MSc/PgD/PgC Advanced Practice in Occupational Therapy
  • MSc/PgD/PgC Advanced Practice Physiotherapy
  • MSc/PgD/PgC Care and Management of Mentally Disordered Offenders (NEW)
  • PgD/GD Community Specialist Practice Nursing (5 pathways: District Nursing; General Practice Nursing, Community Learning Disability Nursing; Community Children's Nursing; Community Mental Health Nursing)
  • MSc/PgD/PgC International Health (NEW)
  • MSc/PgD Interprofessional Working in Health and Social Care
  • MSc/PgD/PgC Managing in Health & Social Care (NEW)
  • MSc/PgD/PgC Medical Imaging (five pathways)
  • MSc Midwifery (NEW)
  • MSc Nursing (NEW)
  • MSc Occupational Therapy - Accelerated Route
  • MSc Physiotherapy - Accelerated Route
  • MSc/PgD/PgC Public Health and Social Change
  • MSc/PgD/PgC Rehabilitation
  • MA Social Work (NEW)
  • PgD/GD Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (4 pathways: Health Visiting; School Nursing; Occupational Health Nursing; Sexual Health Adviser)
  • MA/GD Specialist Social Work Practice: with Adults/with Children, Young People, their Families and Carers (NEW)
  • PgC The Research Process

Outdoor Studies and Land

  • MSc Conservation Biology
  • MA/PgD Development Training
  • MSc/PgD/PgC Forest Ecosystem Management
  • PgC Greening Outdoor Practice
  • MA/PgD Outdoor and Experiential Learning with European option
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