Faculty of Science - Leading creativity and innovation in the sciences


Certificate of Proficiency (COP)


The Certificate of Proficiency provides students with the opportunity to supplement their current knowledge before proceeding to advanced study, or to undertake a small number of courses in specific areas of interest without enrolling in a formal qualification.

Students may also enrol in a course as a COP if they have been advised that it is an entry requirement for their intended programme of study or if they wish to improve their knowledge in specific areas before entering postgraduate study.

Students sometimes enrol in a course as a COP if they wish to take only one or two courses and do not plan to continue with further study in that particular area at the University.

COP courses cannot be reassigned into research masters degrees, and there are point limits and time limits for reassigning COPs into other postgraduate programmes.

If you are considering enrolling in a course as a COP then you are advised to first seek advice.

Further information

Certificate of Proficiency - COP Regulations