There are 2 types of postgraduate study : Research - Masters courses are usually one year full-time and PhD usually 3 years full-time. These involve in-depth study of an aspect of your first degree or a closely allied subject. Vocational - Masters, Diploma and Certificate courses, mostly of one year duration, prepare you for entry to a professional area.
Reasons to do postgraduate study:
- to specialise further in your degree subject;
- to add new skills, for example IT or business;
- to gain a professional qualification.
- Choosing postgraduate - information from AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) on TARGETpostgrad
- Are you thinking of doctoral research? Advice from Vitae
- IET for further information/advice about postgraduate study in Engineering
- Guardian for postgraduate news and articles
- Postgraduate study at Strathclyde
- Prospects Postgraduate Study Guide (online version)
- Prospects, Targetpostgrad, Postgrad.com, FindAMasters and FindAPhD to help you find a postgraduate course or area of research to match your study interest
- Postgraduate teacher training in Scotland
- Guidelines for writing personal statements (courtesy of University of Kent)
- Steps to postgraduate study - a guide to asking the right questions.
- UCAS postgraduate study search tool
- Prospects introduction to what's involved in studying and researching abroad
- Postgradireland and Postgrad.ie for information on p/g study in Ireland
- For directories of international universities,see Universities Worldwide, QS Top Universities and International Graduate
- Fulbright Commission website for information on postgraduate study in the USA.
- Universities Canada - with testimonials and search facility
- Canadian-universities.net - Canadian universities, community colleges, jobs and volunteering
- Study options - study in Australia or New Zealand
- JET - Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme
- Funding Postgraduate Study Prospects funding guide
- TARGETpostgrad funding guide, with Funding Database
- Student Awards Agency for Scotland Tuition fee loans for certain eligible postgraduate course
- Strathclyde University's information about sources of funding for postgraduate study
- Search for studentships, scholarships etc at Postgraduatestudentships.co.uk, Scholarship Search and Scholarships Times
- Information about some specific scholarships/grants
- Educational trusts and charities - search for grants using Turn2us and Educational Grants Service.
- The Grants Register - "the complete guide to postgraduate funding worldwide" - available for reference in Careers Service
- For postgraduate study in the USA, the Fulbright Commission offers Fulbright Scholarships
Things to do:
- make direct contact if you already know the course you want to follow or the institution you want to study at. Their postgraduate prospectus or website will provide you with course information and, in many cases, the name of someone from whom you can find out more.
- get individual advice from a Careers Adviser
- get advice on funding from Strathclyde's Student Financial Support Team
- Prepare a winning application