October 31, 2014, by James Jupe
Take control of your future and weigh up the benefits of further study
Are you considering continuing on to do a masters or PhD and not sure whether it’s the right option for you? Are you unsure where you can find information upcoming opportunities? Then, of course, if there wasn’t enough to think about… there’s the application process! There’s a lot to think about but we’re here to help you get started.
By Clare Jones, Senior Careers Adviser
Is it the right option?
If you are thinking of postgraduate study because you can’t think of anything else to do, you may need to have a rethink. Although enjoyable, studying a masters course is an intensive one-year academic programme while a PhD involves four years of commitment to a very specialised and original piece of research. If you’re interested in becoming a specialist in a field and using your skills to achieve a career goal, or are very passionate about advancing your discipline then you’ll find your place in academia.
Where do I start?
A good starting point is the postgraduate study section on the Prospects website. Not only will you be able to search for courses and research opportunities but you will also find information on funding, postgraduate study abroad and other postgraduate qualifications such as MBAs, teaching and law. For those thinking about a PhD get in touch with your tutor, dissertation tutor or supervisor about the areas of research you want to pursue. Be prepared to take the initiative and talk to potential PhD supervisors as well as applying for advertised PhD opportunities.
Applications – how does it work and what are they looking for?
Application systems and processes can vary dependent on the level and type of postgraduate route you are considering – here are some resources that may help you:
Take a look into 7 PhD Application Tips to help you get started.
If you have to write a research proposal then read this helpful article on How to Write a PhD Proposal but also make sure you get advice and feedback from your tutors or your potential PhD supervisor.
There are a number of other articles that will help you to consider whether a PhD is for you as well as how to apply.
If you are applying for a masters programme or another type of postgraduate course start by reading Applying for PG courses.
Most UK universities will have postgraduate study sections on their website and may also have an online or published prospectus. Use these resources to find out more about their application processes as well as other practical considerations such as fees, living costs, accommodation etc.
We are also here to help you — book an appointment with a careers adviser to discuss whether further study is for you. Start your postgraduate journey now and come along to the Russell Group Postgraduate Roadshow on Tuesday 4 November between 12-4pm in the Trent Building, University Park.
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