Postgraduate courses are offered as Master of Arts or Master of Science degrees. A Master of Arts in International Studies and Master of Science in Nursing are specific examples of courses. It's also possible to get research degrees as postgraduate work.
The two master's degrees typically take one to two years of coursework if students go full time. The courses are comprised of seminars, lectures, tutorials, project work and some research. Students also have to take exams and complete dissertations.
Students can also take a Master of Research course during which they conduct their own private research. An experienced academic supervises the student's progress. At the conclusion of the research project, students produce theses and oral presentations.
The Master of Science in Nursing is a postgraduate course that many universities offer. Students learn the clinical knowledge and practical skills necessary to get a license as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Georgetown University offers a very specialized postgraduate course that culminates in a Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. The program is specifically designed to train registered nurses to manage a woman's gynecological needs during her childbearing years. Registered nurses also learn how to manage the care of newborns.
A Master of Arts in International Studies is another common postgraduate degree. Students can concentrate their studies in international education, international business or international development.