Introduction to Postgraduate Study


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  • Changes to programme – Maths. MSc programmes – Now room 206 not 211 for MSc programmes.
  • extra qualification – ‘stand out’ factor among264,000+ graduates annually
  • extra qualification – ‘stand out’ factor among264,000+ graduates annually
  • Employability
  • Dissertation usually how long?
  • Introduction to Postgraduate Study

    1. 1. What Next?An Introduction to Postgraduate
    2. 2. Open Day Programme Time Activity 2:00-2:20 Welcome and introduction to postgraduate study at Swansea University 2:20-2:30 A day in the life of a Swansea PhD student 2:30-3:00 Funding your postgraduate study 3:00 Visits to participating academic
    3. 3. Why do postgraduate study?
    4. 4. Why do postgraduate study?Stand out from the crowd: Gain valuable relevant experience and subject knowledge Develop your transferable skills97% UK postgraduate employment rateIncrease your earning potentialUK-wide, postgraduates earn more: Women = 34% Men =
    5. 5. Why do postgraduate study?Intellectual Reward Demonstrate commitment to subject Develop in-depth knowledge in a specialist area Follow an academic interest through research Prepare for a research
    6. 6. notWhy do postgraduate study? I don’t know what to do after graduation I want to stay in Swansea I can’t think of anything else to
    7. 7. Why do postgraduate study? My motivation for pursuing a postgraduate degree was to enhance my employability, and my Master’s definitely gave me an edge over other applicants. I studied Maths at undergraduate level and my MSc helped to make my subject knowledge more relevant in a business context. I am now an underwriter on a graduate scheme at Zurich Financial Services. My starting salary was well above the national average and my future with this  organization looks very exciting. Vicky Stockley MSc Finance (2010)
    8. 8. Postgraduate study at
    9. 9. Taught Courses (MA, MSc, LLM, MRes) Over 150 taught courses available 1 year FT 2-3 years PTMA, MSc, LLM courses:September June August Taught Modules DissertationMRes courses (Science, Engineering):September January August Taught Modules Research
    10. 10. Conversion CoursesManagement • MSc Management (Finance) • MSc Management (Marketing) • MSc Management (International Management)Computer Science • MSc Computer ScienceLaw • Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
    11. 11. Research Degrees (MPhil, PhD, EngD,MSc by Research)Opportunities available in mostsubjectsPhD typically 3 years (FT),6-7 years (PT)Thesis usually 100,000 wordsUse our supervisor search →OR find a funded
    12. 12. EnvironmentOver 2,000 postgraduate studentsNSS - 82% Student SatisfactionResearch: 50% internationally significantc. £65 million in external research fundingCollaboration with industry –ie £20 million BEACON
    13. 13. FacilitiesLibrary and Information Services: Dedicated postgraduate IT & study area Extended borrowing: up to 20 items, for 12 weeks Specialist subject librarians Wide range of software applications, E.g. EndNote for management of
    14. 14. FacilitiesPersonal DevelopmentAcademic Office for Postgraduate Research:  Training Conferences  Personal Skills Development Plan  Skills Development Training Courses (eg academic writing, research skills, teaching, project management, employability)Training for Master’s students Provided by academic
    15. 15. Where can a research career take you?Interdisciplinary Research WeekBridging the Gaps: My Academic JourneyWednesday 23rd November, 5:30pmILS Seminar Room, ILS (behind Café Glas)