Careers and Employability Service
Services for current students

Postgraduate taught students


Postgraduate taught students

We offer individual support to all postgraduate students whatever your course, mode of study or future career plans. Our careers advisers are linked to faculties and can give you advice relevant to your area of study and interests.  

Whether you are new to the university or returning to us, you’ll know how time flies during your studies. Before you know it, you’ll be planning what’s next and that’s where we can help you every step of the way. 


Business School postgraduates - if you're studying an MBA, MSc or PhD, please contact your Postgraduate Careers Team.


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Careers appointments

Students in the Careers and Employability Service at Portland

Our team are here to offer you specialist advice on any aspect of your future. Whether you are unclear about your options, already focused on what you want to do or somewhere in between, we're here to help.

You can talk to a member of our team on Jubilee, Sutton Bonington and University Park campuses, the Medical School and University hospital sites.

We also offer email and Skype appointments for part-time and distance learners.


Postgraduate students' timetable

Postgraduate student meeting an employer

You may need to act quickly at the start of your course to meet the recruitment deadlines for some graduate schemes. They can be as early as October and November. 

It's the same for some vocational training courses such as teaching, medicine and law.

If you're thinking about moving onto a PhD following your masters, you will  need to start researching your options towards the end of the autumn term.


Graduate job opportunities

Students using the Ingenuity Lab to start their own business

If you're looking for your first professional role, are you familiar with the different routes into work and where to look for vacancies?

If you have previous professional experience, are you looking to continue in that sector or change direction? 

Explore all your options including opportunities to work abroad, entry routes into careers that interest you, starting your own business and how to research employers to make a great application.


Thinking about a PhD?  

PhD student using a microscope in a lab

A masters degree can be a great stepping stone towards a PhD as it helps you develop your independent research skills.

A PhD is the highest level of academic qualification in the UK and it involves three to four years of original research on a specific topic. 

If you're considering taking a PhD, our advice will help you investigate whether or not it is the right option for you, how to apply for research degrees and where to look for funding.


Work experience opportunities

Students in the architecture studio

Alongside the specialist knowledge gained during your masters, undertaking some form of work experience will be important. In some sectors, employers will expect it and in others, it will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your transferable skills.

Explore all your options including the Postgraduate Placement Nottingham, Nottingham Internship Scheme, Nottingham Consultancy Challenge, Unitemps, our part-time recruitment service, and the Students' Union.



Student talking to an employer at a fair

Our events are popular with masters students as they give you the opportunity to:

  • meet employers at fairs and presentations
  • develop your job-hunting skills at workshops, and 
  • gain an insight into careers and sectors at our Spotlight On events

Book your place in advance as some events have limited availability.


'On Course for Your Masters'  NOOC 

Postgraduate student using a laptop

The course supports your transition to postgraduate study and your preparation for what comes next, whether employment or postgraduate research.

You’ll meet students from across the University’s wide range of disciplines, on our campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia, as well as those studying at a distance from all around the world.

You can follow the course at your own pace and at a time that suits you. 



Careers and Employability Service

University of Nottingham
Portland Building, Level D
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 3680
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 3679