Thinking about postgraduate study?

Tuesday 26 March 2019, UCAS advice


Thinking about postgraduate study?

According to the latest Graduate Careers Survey, an increasing number of 2017 graduates are intending to continue into postgraduate education rather than look for graduate employment. The survey of over 21,000 students shows that the number intending to remain at university to do a postgraduate course has risen to 26% - the first increase in postgraduate applications in over seven years. 

Why study postgraduate?

You may be one of the many students considering postgraduate study to help you stand out to potential employers. It’s a big commitment to undertake, but you can make your life easier by being smart with your money. Postgraduate study needn’t break the bank – read our blog about how to plan your finances.

How do you find the right course?

You may already have a clear idea about what and where you want to study, but if you’re still exploring your options, it’s important to do your research. If you need some inspiration, get an insight into a range of different sectors, the qualifications you can study, entry requirements, and employment prospects with our postgraduate subject guides.

In addition to specific subject requirements, a university will be looking for a number of things from you regardless of your chosen area of study, such as:
  • strong evidence of an interest in the subject you want to study
  • a realistic expectation of what can be achieved from your studies
  • the ability to work independently and as part of a team
Before you commit, check you’re ready for the level of study a postgraduate qualification requires. You can research the entry requirements for thousands of postgraduate courses using the UCAS Postgraduate search tool.

Interested in finding out more about your postgraduate options?

Sign-up to receive your free postgraduate information pack – an online step-by-step guide to applying for postgraduate courses. In addition, we’ll keep you up-to-date on all things postgrad with our three-month course of emails to help you through the process.