Pursuing a postgraduate degree can provide many enhanced opportunities when leaving higher education. These include the option to study for a PhD or gaining a more rapid advancement in your career after completing a postgraduate qualification.

After completing your postgraduate degree, you are now in an advantageous position. If you choose to enter the job market, you now have a greater level of educational experience than those who have just completed an undergraduate degree, standing you in good stead for future employment opportunities. This can be reflected by the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey reporting that 87.8% of Master’s leavers secured a professional or managerial job within 6 months.

With PhD’s only available once completing a Master’s degree, you also now have the opportunity to opt for a path in academia or to gain further detailed knowledge and experience within a specific field. Although a possibly exciting option, it is important to acknowledge a PhD requires many years of research to complete. Typically a PhD involves producing a thesis of around 60,000-90,000 words, made up of a literature review, primary research, data collection and research findings. To find out more about PhD’s available at your chosen University, we would suggest visiting your University website.

  • Studying A Postgraduate Degree

    Following the potentially devastating impact of covid-19 on the UK economy, continuing in Higher Education may be an option to seriously consider. In the previous 2008 recession the number of postgraduate entrants increased by 10% with many seeing it as an opportunity to ‘ride out the storm’. With the Office for National Statistics reporting that job vacancies fell to the lowest level from April to June since 2001, the job market is understandably more competitive than ever.

  • Funding

    There are several forms of funding available through loans, studentships, bursaries and grants.

    Postgraduate Master’s Loan

    If you are beginning a master’s degree, a Postgraduate Master’s Loan could assist you with course fees and living expenses.

    If your course begins on or after 1st August 2020 you can currently get up to £11,222. To find out more visit gov.uk here.

    Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

    If you are beginning a doctoral degree a Postgraduate Doctoral loan could assist you with course fees and living expenses.

    If your course begins after 1st August 2020 you can currently get up to £26,445. To find out more visit gov.uk here.

    Scholarships and bursaries

    Scholarships are sums of money normally awarded due to academic excellence. They do not have to be repaid but usually include ties such as working for a specific company after you graduate or taking on extra responsibilities within the university.

    Bursaries are lump sums made available to students who may have the most financial need or are underrepresented on a specific course or in a specific field of work.

    The best place to discover scholarship and bursary opportunities is on the website of the university you are looking to study your postgraduate qualification at.

    The government also provide further funding relating to teacher training, disabled students’ allowances and social work bursaries. More information regarding these areas can be found here.