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Presentation by Catherine Reynolds, Careers Adviser, at University of Sussex, January 2013

Presentation by Catherine Reynolds, Careers Adviser, at University of Sussex, January 2013


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  • 1. Applying for Postgraduatecourses• Postgraduate study• Where to study• Choosing the right course• How to apply• Sources of finance• Further resources
  • 2. Postgraduate coursestaught programmes• MA, MSc, MBA, LLM other vocational courses• One year full time• Include seminars, lectures, tutorials, project work, a thesis/dissertation and exams• Need BA/BSc or equivalent for entry
  • 3. Postgraduate Research• Doctorates – PhD/DPhil• Three to six years full time• 80,000 - 100,000 word thesis plus oral viva• Need good first degree or masters for entry• MPhil – two to three years full time• 60,000 word thesis plus oral viva
  • 4. Postgraduate studyother qualifications• Postgraduate diplomas/certificates• Nine months full time• Vocational or conversion courses• Coursework, exams• Any discipline and usually BA/BSc or equivalentneeded, sometimes relevant work experience
  • 5. Choosing the right course• Entry criteria – qualifications, experience• Course content – specialised, broad – similar (or not)to first degree?• Suitable qualification for long term aims – profession, country• Costs and duration• Institution reputation• Teaching and learning – class sizes, contact time• Geographical location and available accommodation
  • 6. Where to study –information sourcesWebsites• www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/careerchoices/furtherstudy• www.coursediscoveronline.co.uk/pg• www.prospects.ac.uk/• www.postgrad.hobsons.com/• www.prospects.ac.uk/studying_abroad.htmIn person• Sussex University PG Open Day every January• Other Universities
  • 7. When and How to apply• Apply direct to individual universities – up to 12 months before start• Application form – many online• www.prospects.ac.uk/links/ApplyOnline• Apply before you have degree results• Personal statement• Referees – allow time
  • 8. The personal statement• Adapt to each institution• Research the course content• Structure your statement• Accuracy• Keep to word limit
  • 9. What to include in thepersonal statement• Why this university?• Why this course?• Make links to relevant study, academic interests and /or experiences?• How does the course fit with your career aims?
  • 10. Costs of postgraduate studyin the UK (UK and EU students)Masters courses £4,000 - £12,000Clinical - £10,000 - £21,000MBA - £4,000 - £30,000PhD - £4,000www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/feesandfunding/2013entry/fees/feesbycourse
  • 11. Financial supportAwards – Institutional, Research Council, otherswww.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/feesandfunding/2013entry/funding/opportunitieswww.prospects.ac.uk/funding_postgraduate_study.htmNote early deadlines from 15 February 2013
  • 12. Further help Careers and Employability Support Short interview with a careers adviser 10 – 5pm Mon – Fri plus Wed 5 –7pm www.sussex.ac.uk/careers