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Postgraduate study: advice

Postgraduate study can offer you a route into a new career with a conversion course, speed up your progress in your current job with professional qualifications – or be an essential component in qualifying to practise. Whether you’re interested in increasing your earning potential, or working in a sector where postgraduate study is part of training, such as medicine, teaching or law, read on to find out more about where postgrad study can take you.

Why do postgraduate study?

Wanting to be on the winning team in the academic arms race? Find out how a masters degree or an alternative postgraduate qualification might improve your career prospects.

What can I do with my masters?

Consider your options after your masters degree, whether that’s moving into the world of work or more studying, and find information about funding for the latter.

Tips on how to market your masters when you apply for jobs

How to sell the skills and knowledge you picked up during postgraduate study to employers when you leave university.

MA, MSc, MRes, PhD, Eng D... different types of postgraduate courses

If you're at a crossroads between employment and further study, take the time to consider the huge variety of postgraduate courses on offer.

Which referees should I choose for my postgraduate application?

Selecting the right referees for your postgraduate application form is essential to being successful.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

RICS accredits over 500 undergraduate and postgraduate courses worldwide.

Diary of a PGCE student

We asked Sylvia, an initial teacher trainee, to tell us about her week-to-week experiences in university and on her school placements during her PGCE year.

Choosing a PhD supervisor

Choosing a good PhD supervisor can make all the difference – making the right decision can ensure a great working relationship and support when you need it.

How to write a winning application for your postgraduate course

Get a university careers counsellor's guide on the most effective ways to produce an impressive postgraduate application.

How to choose a TEFL course and find work after qualifying

Working as a TEFL teacher is a popular way for graduates to fund travel plans and for some it becomes a long-term career.

Top five teacher training application tips

Competition for the best courses can be very strong – get into the yes pile with these five tips.

Getting the most out of a postgraduate fair

Discover how best to showcase your academic ability and get an insight into what institutions can offer you.

Boost your new career with a postgraduate conversion course

Discover your conversion course options and consider how changing track will enable you to pursue the career you want.

Should I do a masters to wait out the pandemic?

Ask yourself these five questions before committing to a masters degree. This will help you to stay in control of your plans for postgraduate study and your future career despite Covid-19.

Getting work experience as a PhD student

Whether you undertake a year-long placement or just spend a day shadowing an employee, work experience during PhD study could positively impact your career prospects and university work.