Thinking about postgraduate study 2011


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This is aimed at University of Salford students considering Postgraduate Study either at the University or elsewhere.

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  • Details on this website include the following: Sources of funding for International Students wishing to undertake postgraduate study in the UK Funding for postgraduate courses in the UK, for non-EEA international students, is very difficult to obtain.  The main source of funding for postgraduate study in the UK is from the Research Councils but many international students are not eligible to apply.  However, there are some scholarships available for non-EEA international students which are included below. Scholarships The UKCISA and British Council websites both provide an overview of how and where to find funding for UK study including Scholarships and The Overseas Research Student Awards Scheme. The British Council’s Education UK website for funding see the scholarship search link on this page.  For university funding, search for courses across the UK and see relevant scholarships listed under the specific university’s profile. The British Council is also constructing a searchable database of scholarships.  Check their website for further information. The Association of Commonwealth Universities has launched a new information service for students.  Go to .  From their website you can search the latest scholarships and courses from universities in the UK and around the world. Other Awarding Bodies The European Commission UNESCO the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.  Contact the Ministry of Education in your home country for any awards. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) offers overseas scholarships for engineers from selected countries.  Details are available through the British Council, British High Commission or embassy in your home country. A very small number of scholarship programmes, operated by UK voluntary organisations, are open to international students depending on their specific circumstances such as nationality, subject of study and age.  Come into the Careers and Employment Service and ask to view the ‘Funder finder’ programme which holds a database of such organisations. Alternative sources of funding KTP Online . This programme is usually open to international students with scientific or technical qualifications. A range of other sources to explore are covered on the Graduate Prospects website under funding my further study.
  • Thinking about postgraduate study 2011

    1. 1. Thinking of Postgraduate (PG) Study? Tahira Majothi Careers Consultant Careers & Employability Service University of Salford 0161 295 5088 Source: Flickr © 2006
    2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>What can I study? </li></ul><ul><li>Where can I study (UK or Overseas)? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I fund my studies? </li></ul><ul><li>When do I apply? </li></ul><ul><li>Who can help me? </li></ul><ul><li>Tip: Start with SWOT Analysis: What are your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats to progression? </li></ul>Source: Flickr 2006
    3. 3. PG Study Overview: <ul><li>PG Study numbers have increased </li></ul><ul><li>Biggest rise in Masters’ courses, up by 27% </li></ul><ul><li>Starting salaries closer to those with first degrees </li></ul><ul><li>94% of PGs are likely to be ‘employed in the professions’ compared to 78% undergraduates </li></ul><ul><li>( Source: Higher Education Policy Institute HEPI 2010 ) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    4. 4. Why consider PG study? <ul><li>Passion for subject </li></ul><ul><li>Retrain in new career </li></ul><ul><li>Start of academic career </li></ul><ul><li>Improved job prospects </li></ul><ul><li>No set career idea – it buys me time! </li></ul>
    5. 5. Bear in mind… <ul><li>Some careers require PG qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Might offset poor A-Levels / UG degree </li></ul><ul><li>- Pro: specialist knowledge, stronger analytical/research skills, balanced outlook, time management and administrative skills </li></ul><ul><li>- Con: Is course insular? Is work experience still lacking and do your interpersonal skills need developing further? </li></ul>
    6. 6. Types of Masters <ul><li>MA – Arts, Business </li></ul><ul><li>MBA – Business administration </li></ul><ul><li>MEd – Masters of Education </li></ul><ul><li>12 months f/t including independent study </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    7. 7. Types of Research Degrees <ul><li>PhD / Dphil </li></ul><ul><li>Professional PhDs i.e. Ed.D or EngD </li></ul><ul><li>NewRoutePhD – research and personal skills training </li></ul><ul><li>Involves juggling of commitments – teaching, liaising with supervisor, conferences, writing up research etc </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    8. 8. Additional Postgraduate Pathways <ul><li>PG Diploma/Certificate </li></ul><ul><li>Distance learning – Open University </li></ul><ul><li>Vocational – PGCE, LPC </li></ul><ul><li>1-2 years </li></ul><ul><li>May lead to entry onto taught Masters programmes </li></ul>
    9. 9. Conversion courses <ul><li>Law – Graduate Diploma in Law </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching e.g. PGCE </li></ul><ul><li>Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Psychology – graduate conversion </li></ul><ul><li>Healthcare – nursing, art therapy, speech therapy, physiotherapy etc </li></ul>
    10. 10. Issues to consider <ul><li>Availability of courses & related funding </li></ul><ul><li>Reputation e.g. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Excellence Framework </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Eligibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. Law, medicine, for US study, all non-US graduates may have to take the GRE or GMAT exams before applying for PG courses. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Timing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. for US study, start application process up to 18 months in advance, PGCE Primary Sept 1 st – Dec 1 st, </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Cost of Study <ul><li>What to take into consideration: </li></ul><ul><li>Tuition fees (subject to change/increase, check with Institution/s of choice). </li></ul><ul><li>Living costs </li></ul><ul><li>Ad ditional support e.g. childcare of Disabled Students Allowance </li></ul><ul><li>Funding /Bursaries/Scholarships/Loyalty discounts </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    12. 12. Funding Options for Masters Study <ul><li>Bursary schemes – Social work, Nursing, Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Salford University support: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Competitive and may not cover whole cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discount or loyalty schemes at Salford University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check with University Course Department first! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge Transfer Partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grants or funds through Trusts </li></ul><ul><li>Professional and Career Development Loans </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    13. 13. Funding Sources for PhDs: <ul><li> – search PhD Studentships </li></ul><ul><li>Times Higher Education Supplement </li></ul><ul><li>Different Research Councils for different subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Apply via university, which allocates funded places on behalf of the Research Councils </li></ul><ul><li>Eligibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Generally need 2:1, sometimes 2:2 for Masters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EEA students – fees only; Overseas students – not eligible </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Graduate Teaching Assistantships </li></ul><ul><li>Find A PhD website </li></ul>
    14. 14. How the Careers Service can help you: <ul><li>Access to Funding Guides and Directories </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>1-2-1 guidance appointments </li></ul><ul><li>Email guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops – CVs, applications, Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive Services </li></ul>