Finding Out About Postgraduate Study and Research

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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. Taught - Masters, Diploma and Certificate courses, mostly of one year duration, prepare you for entry to a professional area. Note that an EngD is a combination of both - typically the first year is a taught programme, followed by 3 years research.

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.

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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

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