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.
For some career areas, further study is a minimum requirement for entry into a profession, such as: teaching, legal careers, social workers and careers in research
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
Visit our Types of jobs pages to see if further study is a requirement of your chosen sector
Visit the Steps to postgraduate study website to aid your decision-making
Read about the benefits of further study
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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.
Postgraduate study can be an investment in your future. For example:
My masters has certainly provided me with some great talking points for my CV and during interviews.
Read Craig's story in the Careers Handbook - plage 24 and 25
In this short video, employers talk about their perceptions on postgraduate study and offers advice about pursuing further study. It covers:
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.
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