Considering continuing your studies?
Whether you want to continue to study an aspect of your subject in more detail or you want to gain a vocational/conversion qualification to give you more credibility, undertaking a postgraduate qualification can be a great option. There will, however, be lots of things to think about (what course to choose, when to apply, what funding is available etc.) and so it is important to do your research. Before you make an application to postgraduate study, we would advise that you make sure the qualification is the right one to help you meet your objectives and will be respected by potential recruiters.
When you start researching postgraduate courses it can be confusing as there is a vast choice on offer… use this Considering Postgraduate Study help sheet (PDF) to work out what the differences are. The majority of courses require you to apply to them individually rather than through a central body (such as UCAS) so this means you can target your application towards that specific course. Most courses will require you to complete an online application and it is likely that you will need to complete a CV, a personal statement and provide at least one reference – some courses may also ask you to attend an interview. Read more on completing applications.
If you are wanting to continue into postgraduate study straight from your degree to keep up the momentum of studying, preparation for postgraduate study should start early (during autumn term). Some providers will work on a first-come, first served basis and there are likely to be deadlines for securing funding and accommodation. Popular courses will fill up quickly but other courses may still have places later in the year. For the more competitive courses, you will be required to have relevant experience and if you don’t have this you may need to consider gaining experience before applying – you can always come back to study later in your career. Part-time and distance learning are also becoming increasingly popular options (where possible).
Funding for postgraduate study can often be the stumbling block for many students but there’s no reason to let the cost of Masters/PhD study hold you back. Read more on postgraduate funding and further study.
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