Benefits of Postgraduate Study


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  • Benefits of Postgraduate Study

    1. 1. Postgraduate Study OptionsCareers Service 2013
    2. 2. 1. Today’s Situation2. What is Post Grad?3. Why Post Grad?4. Funding5. Sources of help
    3. 3. • >12,000 taught postgraduate courses areavailable in the UK alone• In 2011, around 22% of UK graduatesentered some form of further studyor training
    4. 4. What does it all mean?• Certificates• Diplomas• Master’s Degrees• Doctorates
    5. 5. Certificates and Diplomas• Example: PGCE, Diploma in Law, Diploma in Psychology• PGCE• Usually one year full time• May be vocational leading to a professionalqualification/exemptions• May be a conversion course• May be initial stage of Masters
    6. 6. Masters• MA, MSc, MEd, MRes, MPhil ( 1+3? )….• One year FT/ Two years PT• Detailed study of academic discipline• Conversion courses• Taught or research?• May also be essential part of professional qualification(e.g. Psychology)
    7. 7. Doctorates• PhD, DPhil, DProf, DBA…• 3 years FT, ? PT• Often transfer after an initial year of research• Vocational doctorates exist (e.g. DClinPsy)
    8. 8. So why choose PG study?• Impress employers?• Profession demands it?• Fancy a change?• I love my subject?• I’ve just won the lottery?• An extra year to sort myself out
    9. 9. Pros and Cons: I love my subject? Highly motivated Opportunity to specialise Enjoyment Challenge Self-fulfilment? Part of a greater plan?? Expense?
    10. 10. Pros and Cons: An extra year
    11. 11. Pros and Cons: Better qualified Research your career Choose the right course Check professionalrequirements? Poor choice
    12. 12. Pros and Cons: Fancy a change?• Conversion coursesITLawPsychology(Teaching)• Access guidance• Choose the right course• Ask the right questions• DLHE
    13. 13. Benefits of PG• Self management• Communication skills• Research Skills• Team Working• Initiative
    14. 14. How to Fund? 1• Research councils• University Scholarships and Bursaries – on the increase• Funded Masters ( e.g. ESF, NHS )• Knowledge Transfer Partnership• Professional Bodies• Local, National, International Government• Charities and Trusts
    15. 15. How to Fund? Commercial Loans• CDL (up to £10,000, Vocational, returnableafter course)
    16. 16. Funding: The reality• Most postgraduates self-fund• Funding is uncertain until Universities declarePG funding rates• Students from outside the EEA may pay morethan double• Partial funding can help
    17. 17. A timetable• Research opportunities early(Year 2 for early deadlines and study abroad)• Check deadlines• Check entry criteria• Check fees and funding
    18. 18. How do I find out? People• Tutors in “Home” and “Away” establishments• Careers advisers• Serving professionals• Students on the target course
    19. 19. How do I find out? Publicity• Academic Journals• Departmental Notice Boards• Directories• PG Prospectuses• PG Fairs• University Websites
    20. 20. How do I find out? Information• Postgraduate Study and Research AGCAS• THES• Guardian• Prospects Postgrad••
    21. 21. Yes or No?“A taught programme of study, well chosen, willenhance future career prospects and may be avital part of the plan.” – Why do postgraduatestudy?