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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.


Achieving your career ambitions 

For some career areas, further study is a minimum requirement for entry into a profession, such as:  teachinglegal careers, and  social workers.

In other career areas  for example, journalism  it’s not essential but highly desirable. 

Find out if further study is a requirement of your chosen sector

Developing your expertise

You may be motivated to continue your studies because you wish to explore your subject further or to specialise in a particular area.

Depending on your longer term career direction this may be attractive to a future employer - for example, within the scientific or engineering fields.


Potential financial rewards 

Postgraduate study can be an investment in your future. For example: 

  • the median salary of Nottingham students graduating with a PhD is £30,680* with a maximum salary of £100,00*
  • the median salary for PhD graduates is 36% higher* than for first-degree graduates 
  • the median salary among those graduating from taught masters courses is £23,000* with a maximum starting salary of £100,000

* Known destinations of all full-time UK  and EU leavers in full-time employment in 2016/17.


International students

If you are an international student from a non-European Economic Area (EEA), wishing to stay longer than the period given by the Home Office in order to undertake postgraduate study, you must apply to the Home Office to extend your 'leave to remain' in the UK. 

For further information:

UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.


Samuel Yemofio, MSc Biotechnology

Samuel Yemofio

Studying in the UK is very different; I've been exposed to real-word situations, problem-based learning with practical applications.

During my course, I wanted to build my network of contacts. I enjoyed meeting renowned alumni, which has made me more aware of my options. I also volunteered as a model for a multicultural fashion show organised by students societies, aimed at fostering unity and showcasing students' cultural backgrounds

With the flexibility within my course, I have also worked part-time to generate extra income. I'm not sure what I'm going to do, but I may continue with my studies. I've been in contact with the Careers team so I will talk to them again about my next step.


Explore more

Visit the Steps to postgraduate study website to aid your decision-making

Read about the benefits of further study


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