What is best for me?
Consider your motivation for studying further. The benefits of postgraduate study depend on your chosen career path and what you want to achieve.
In competitive sectors that attract a lot of job applicants, further study may enhance your chances and help you stand out from the crowd. Also, you may wish to study further to change your career path. Some examples:
- For non-Law graduates, the Common Professional Examination (CPE)/Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is a one-year postgraduate programme that includes all the core elements of a law degree.
- The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is an intensive one-year course for those wishing to train as a teacher.
- If you wish to pursue an academic career you will typically need a Masters, and usually a PhD.
While some professions insist on postgraduate qualifications, other sectors value relevant work experience and/or short, industry-specific courses over academic postgraduate courses.
Do your research and speak to people in your chosen industry to find out which would be the better option for you; a postgraduate qualification or relevant work experience - or perhaps a combination of the two?
“Masters study is only valuable if it's complemented by relevant work experience. If you fail to gain work experience, your employability will be seriously weakened and you'll run the risk of getting into unnecessary debt. Furthermore, some graduates find that starting salaries are lower than expected”.
Postgraduate case study
In this video, Nikolay Burlutskiy talks about his experience of postgraduate research study at the University of Brighton's Doctoral College.