Why postgraduate study matters
There are as many reasons for doing a postgraduate degree as there are people studying and researching for them, but these seem to be the most common motivations.
People with a postgraduate qualification can expect to earn £5,000 more a year on average, or £200,000 over a 40-year working life, according to research undertaken by the Sutton Trust in 2013, compared to people who only have a Bachelors degree.
The longitudinal DLHE survey also shows median salaries of around £30,000 for postgraduates compared to £24,000 for those with only an undergraduate degree*.
Stand out in the jobs market
A postgraduate qualification can make you stand out in the post-economic crisis jobs market, especially in highly competitive industries and businesses where an extra level of expertise can give you the edge. Postgraduates are more likely to be employed within six months of graduating than undergraduates.
Enter a specific career
Some specific careers require an additional level of specialist training and expertise over and above an undergraduate degree; for instance engineering, education, healthcare and psychology, conservation, human resources, translation, and development. We offer a number of programmes tailored specifically to giving you entrance to these vocations.
Pathway to academia
If you want to have an academic career as a researcher or lecturer, you'll need to continue studying, and almost certainly to PhD level. A Masters degree is a pre-requisite for many PhD degrees, particularly in the social science and humanities.
Continue studying the subject you love
But perhaps the best reason to do a postgraduate degree is one that doesn’t get talked about that often in tough economic times, and that’s the fact that a Masters or a PhD can help you explore a subject you love in a level of detail and intellectual involvement that you simply can’t get from anything else. A postgraduate degree is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in your interest and come out with a well-respected qualification at the end.
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