Postgraduate study can be rewarding in its own right. And it can also be an investment in your future. a postgraduate degree can enhance your career prospects. But you need to consider if costs, together with all the hard work involved, will really give you added value, and therefore prove to be a good investment. Take time to seriously review your reasons for studying, and research opportunities before applying. The range of postgraduate study options available shows that further study is central to a range of careers.
Because you will:
Increase your knowledge
Gain a qualification
Improve your career by deepening your Knowledge
Change your career by gaining skills in a new area
Increase earning potential
When not to study?
Don’t commit yourself to a postgraduate programme just because you’re not sure what else to do. Any big investment requires solid thought and understanding. You need to research the subject area you’re interested in as well as the options it will open up for you. You should be able to find info and guidance from:
The university where you took your first degree
Professional bodies allied to your proposed career
When you search for postgraduate courses, make sure you carefully check the entry requirements, because as well as specific undergraduate qualifications, some courses require specific work experience too.
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What are the yearly tuition Fees?
What you pay will be determined by the duration of the course, its perceived quality and reputation, its level, and how much it costs the university to manage. Fees depend on course subject and university ranking. Scholarships and loans are available. For further information see our section on Help to get a scholarship.
What are the stages of applying for a Postgraduate Course?
Completing an application for each university you want to apply to. Writing a personal statement that explains why you want to study, and what you can contribute and gain. Supplying written references from two former tutors or employers who know how you perform in an academic or professional setting. Your choice of the referee will depend upon the course. Supplying official transcripts and records that prove your achievements to date.
Usually, MA (Master of Arts) or MSc (Master of Science), although there are others: Mmus (Master of Music), MOrth (Master of Orthodontics), or LLM (Master of Laws).
Masters by research:
Usually known as MRes programmes or sometimes MSc by Research, MA by Research, or Master of Philosophy (MPhil), depending on your chosen subject
A taught master’s Degree will include some research but the emphasis will be on learning by Teaching. The Content, Structure, and Assessment of Taught Master’s Courses with the Same names can vary from one University to the next – please check course Descriptions carefully. The teaching can be through lectures, classes, or supervised group work, and assessments can include examinations, essays, Dissertations, or team activities.
Preparation for a Ph.D.
Potential to study a new subject.
Full-time Courses are normally one year, or two years Part-Time, although some Master’s Degrees can be Longer.
A Qualification of an Undergraduate Degree, normally 4 years Bachelor’s or above. Enthusiasm, skill, and knowledge of your discipline. Possibly relevant work experience, particularly if your first degree is in another subject.