Undertaking further study after your first degree can help you in a number of ways. Whether it is a Masters, PhD, or professional qualification you undertake, the benefits to you personally and to your career can be huge.
Postgraduate study comes in two forms – research and taught courses - depending on your area of specialism. Both will increase your knowledge of the subject you are interested in, provide you with a challenge and help you to get a graduate job in your chosen career area.
Choosing to undertake further study is a big decision and requires a substantial commitment in terms of time and money. A postgraduate qualification should not be undertaken simply because you can’t decide what graduate job you want! A Masters programme (Msc, MA etc) will take a minimum of one year of full-time study to complete, while a Doctorate (PhD) programme will take as many as three years.
While funding is sometimes available to postgraduates, it is not available to everyone and self funding is often required. There are many ways in which you can fund yourself and these should be examined carefully before deciding to go ahead. With tuition fees starting at around £3000, this can be the main barrier to continuing in education.
The rewards associated with further study are different for everyone but can include the challenge of undertaking personal study to reach a conclusion, developing new skills, working with like-minded people or taking the first step to being an expert in your field. For many, it is simply necessary in order to enter their chosen career.
Whatever your reasons for considering remaining at university, all the information you need to decide if it’s the right choice for you can be found on these pages.