How to find a Postgraduate Course….

How Do you Find the right Postgraduate course for you?…..

Now that we are in well and truly into the first term of the academic year,  many fourth year students  are starting to think about to their graduate options and many will be contemplating further study.

As creative learners, they are not alone, a recent report from, Creative Graduates Creative Futures (2009 http://www.employment-studies.co.uk/projects/creative/creative.php ) highlighted that; over 72% of creative graduates will undertake some form further study during their career. Their reasons for undertaking further study are varied from; developing new learning and practice, to helping them stand out in a crowded employment market,  to converting to a new career,  to pursuing a deeper interest in their subject.

If you are considering further study after your undergraduate programme, there is a lot to research and think about before you put pen to paper and make your application.

Number one:  The main thing when choosing a course is to select a course that you are passionate about. Be clear why you are interested in the course and  remember the course is not an end itself, where will this new learning lead you in terms of your career and practice? Choosing a course will take a great deal of preparation and focus.  Find out about how to get prepared here: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/postgraduate_study_why_do_postgraduate_study.htm

Number Two: Find the course that is best for you.  Currently, there are over 55, 000 courses available in the UK.  How do you prefer to learn? courses range from taught to research and delivered in full time and part time options. What qualifications/level do you require to access your chosen career ?How long do you want to study for? Use this information to guide you in your course selection.  Find out what courses are available here: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/search_courses.htm

Number Three:  Undertake comprehensive research. Identify courses that you are most interested in and attend as many open days as you can. Open days usually occur in autumn and will give you the opportunity to meet course tutors, get a feel the course environment and meet current students.  Go with a plan and explore; course content, making a great application, funding your studies and career prospects. Find out when open days are happening here: http://www.findamasters.com/students/opendays.aspx

Thinking of studying abroad?

An increasing number of UK students are pursuing courses aboard. Learning aboard is an excellent way to develop language skills (a growing need for graduate employers), build life experiences and experience of other education systems/environments/cultures.  Use the Prospects Guide to studying abroad: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/guide_studying_abroad.htm to gain advice and search for international postgraduate courses on the  Prospects: country specific information: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/country_profiles.htm  (select your country’s flag and look for the postgraduate study link)

If you are an international student thinking of further study? See here for advice: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/study_in_the_uk.htm  and make an appointment with GSA Career Service to discuss your plans.

Want to find out more about Postgraduate Study, email careers@gsa.ac.uk for the companion handout and come along to the ‘Finding a post-graduate course’, seminar on Wednesday 14th November 2012 4-5pm Bourdon Lecture Theatre.

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