Why further study?
There are lots of reasons why you may be considering further study. It maybe a requirement of the sector you want to go into, to gain further skills and knowledge that can benefit you in the future or to study a topic you're passionate about.
If you’re serious about your future, then you’ll need to carefully consider how it could help you achieve your ambitions.
Will a postgraduate course
... help you achieve your career ambitions?
For some career areas, further study is a minimum requirement for entry into a profession, such as: teaching, legal careers, and social workers. A PhD is now essential if you want to pursue an academic career.
In other career areas, such as journalism, and marketing, a masters – although not essential – can be advantageous. The same is true if you’re looking to become a patent attorney: a PhD is not a requirement but it is desirable.
Find out if further study is a requirement of your chosen sector
... develop your expertise?
You may be motivated to continue your studies because you have a passion for your subject or want to specialise in a particular area.
Depending on your longer-term career direction, a higher-level qualification may be attractive to a future employer – for example, within the scientific or engineering fields. A postgraduate diploma in brewing will lead to opportunities within the food and drink industry and a life science PhD will be attractive to employers in the pharmaceutical sector.
... give you more time to develop?
You may be unsure what careers will suit you so continuing your studies offers you more time to decide. However, we recommend that you take advantage of the wide range of extracurricular activities available to enhance your personal and professional development alongside your studies.
Employers will be interested in hearing about the additional skills gained during your masters or PhD as well as those developed through other activities.
There are some opportunities specifically designed for postgraduate students such as Researcher Academy Placements and the new postgraduate stream of the Nottingham Advantage Award.
If your studies have been affected by Covid-19, please take a look at the latest guidance.
Four students talk about their experiences
Visit the Steps to postgraduate study website to aid your decision-making
Read about the benefits of further study