Find out about further study at university open days and postgraduate events.
If you fancy riding out the recession with further study, a postgraduate course at a UK university can give you the knowledge and skills to get ahead
But with tuition fees typically between £3,000 and £10,000 for home-based students and double for international students, undertaking a postgraduate course is a decision you shouldn't take lightly. Before making the step into postgraduate study you should know exactly what you wish to accomplish.
As a postgraduate, you could have the opportunity to:
Make sure you have a solid set of reasons for doing postgrad study before you make any commitments.
More than a quarter of graduates surveyed felt their future employment prospects were better as a result of their qualifications, according to a 2011 report by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
In order to improve your job prospects, you will need to choose your postgrad degree carefully and research your chosen field. Check the entry requirements and career development paths for your chosen profession in types of jobs.
The two main expenses facing you when applying for postgraduate study are tuition fees and cost of living.
As a general rule, London is the most expensive city to live and study in. The 2009 Living Costs and Food Survey backs up this fact. Average weekly household expenditure in London topped £550, whilst the South West totalled nearly £475 and Yorkshire only £400.
City University London sets its budget for postgraduates students at £223-£423 per week, with the jump in expenses depending on choice of accommodation and how far you have to travel. The University of Manchester estimates a postgraduate student on a full-time course will spend around £200 per week on living costs. Compare this to a postgraduate student at the University of Stirling in Scotland, who will pay out just £140-£145 during an average week.
Student loans are not usually available to Masters students and so bank loans are a popular option. There are also various Research Council grants available if you hold a first or a 2:1 honours degree from a UK higher education institution. For further information, visit funding my further study.
This choice can depend on which subject you wish to study or which career path you want to pursue. The main differences between a taught course and a research degree are:
To find the right course for you, search courses and research.
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