Postgraduate study: Where to start?!
Perhaps, since starting your undergraduate degree, you’ve always had a career in mind that requires Postgraduate study. Maybe, you’re in your final year and still have no idea what you want to study, but you know you definitely want to stay in education!
In this blog, I’ll be guiding you through some useful tips when considering the scary world of Postgraduate study, sharing some resources that have been helping me out in my search for a Masters course these past few months!
Think about your current degree:
Are you enjoying your current field of study and know that you’d like to remain in this field? If so, this makes the whole process a little simpler, as your search will already be narrowed down to what masters are common for someone holding your undergraduate degree. For me, common routes for Linguistics graduates are specialist career based courses such as Journalism and Speech and Language Therapy, or further broad study such as Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics.
However, you might decide that continuing in your undergraduate field of study is no longer suited to you. Whether you are no longer interested in the field or just want a change, there are options for you! You could consider conversion courses. These select courses allow entry to a new field of study with your current undergraduate degree.
Alternatively, some masters degrees, which may not be directly linked to your undergraduate degree, will still accept you. For example, many psychology masters courses have stated that they accept students with related degrees other than psychology such as those in the field of social sciences. Here, it is a good idea to read the entry requirements for each specific university and possibly get in touch with the admissions department at the university you are interested in.
Overall, my top tips for choosing a masters programme would be:
- Attend open days! Many universities are holding virtual open days in which you can ask questions and meet some members of the department. While you may not be able to physically visit in this current climate, this is the next best thing and can be really helpful!
- Choose something you will enjoy – Masters courses are known to be intensive, more so than undergraduate study. Therefore, passion for the subject is a must!
- Be aware of application deadlines – while some courses close for entry in the summer, others are shortly after Christmas. Definitely keep this in mind with regards to leaving enough time for requesting references and writing your personal statement.
Some great resources for helping with your Masters decisions are:
- Prospects – This site is great for career quizzes, postgraduate information and so much more! Having a browse here is a good starting point.
- Warwick Careers – There is so much to offer on Warwick’s career website, from CV help to job searches, this website can offer a lot of help. You can also book a careers appointment through My Advantage. I had one of these a few weeks back and felt really reassured after this.
Considering Postgraduate study is a daunting yet exciting process. Hopefully, the materials above will act as a good starting point!