The master's degree is one of the most well-known and well-established postgraduate qualifications in UK higher education. It covers a wide variety of subjects, tailored around the desires and ambitions of students, and the traditions and needs of particular
subjects and professions.
Master's degrees tend to be in three forms - 'research', 'specialised/advanced study' and 'professional/practice' - but they are not strict and some may combine characteristics from different categories or fall within more than one. Integrated Master’s,
where bachelor’s degrees are combined with Master’s level study during the latter stages, are also available.
Professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRB) often accredit master's degrees that prepare students for entry to a particular field of employment, practice or profession. These courses may enable eligibility for professional status or entry to
further study or supervised practice.