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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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Thinking about postgraduate study 2011

  1. 1. Thinking of Postgraduate (PG) Study? Tahira Majothi Careers Consultant Careers & Employability Service University of Salford www.careers.salford.ac.uk 0161 295 5088 Source: Flickr © http://www.flickr.com/photos/oberazzi/ 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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/angelocesare/ 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>http://www.hepi.ac.uk/478-1769/Growth-in-UK%E2%80%99s-postgraduate-sector-driven-by-overseas-students.html </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>http://www.prospects.ac.uk/postgraduate_taught_courses.htm </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>http://www.prospects.ac.uk/research_degrees.htm </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 http://www.hefce.ac.uk/research/ref/ </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>www.prospects.ac.uk/links/pgstudy </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 http://www.ktponline.org.uk/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grants or funds through Trusts </li></ul><ul><li>Professional and Career Development Loans </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/UniversityAndHigherEducation/ChoicesAfterYouGraduate/DG_10012463 </li></ul>
  13. 13. Funding Sources for PhDs: <ul><li>www.jobs.ac.uk – 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>http://www.advice.salford.ac.uk/page/otherfunding </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.careers.salford.ac.uk/page/funding </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>

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