Further study

As you come to the end of your studies, you may be thinking about pursuing further qualifications. There is a dizzying array of qualifications and subjects that you could study. Questions we often encounter are:  

  • Should I do further study? 
  • How do I choose the 'right' qualification? 
  • How might I fund my further study? 
  • How do I apply? 

Like many career decisions - it depends. To help you work it out, you must consider these questions, for a start:  

  • Why do I want to do it? Are my motivations sound and realistic? 

Sound reasons for doing further study are: love of your subject, changing career direction, or it's a requirement of the profession. 

One important 'not so sound' reason is to have another year (or more) of being a student - you will have to make career decisions at some point, delaying doesn't help. Further study courses are a significant investment of time and money - you owe it to yourself to take the time and do the research to make a decision that's good for you, now and in the future. 

  • What do you want to gain? Have you done the research to ensure your intended goals are realistic? 
  • Is now the right time? Or might it be better to work for a couple of years? Is it something an employer might contribute towards in the future? 
  • Do you want to study full-time, part-time, or at a distance? 

How do I choose the 'right' qualification?  

It's important to understand the different types of qualifications in order to be reassured they are going to take you towards your intended career destination, even if your next step is simply developing your passion for the subject. The articles below will explain each degree type in more detail: 

How might I fund my further study? 

This is a complex area and you will almost certainly need to seek further advice from various sources.  

What further study funding is available for international students? 

As for home students, this is a complex area. Start with the article from UCAS Scholarships, Grants and Bursaries: EU and International Students. UKCISA also has advice and information on funding your studies.

 How do I apply to a course?

  • Look at each individual course and individual institution and make sure you follow the application instructions. If something isn’t clear, contact the provider
  • There may be application deadlines for applying for funding and if the course is popular and competitive - make sure you know what these are. Popular courses may close to applications when full
  • You may require an application form or CV and cover letter or both, a research proposal for research degrees, and portfolio for more creative courses 
  • See our e-learning, advice, and information on CVs, supporting statements, and covering letters to learn more about writing effective applications 
  • As with employers, admissions tutors will want to understand your motivations for doing this particular course, what you hope to gain from it, and how your previous experience has prepared you
  • Access our specific advice for Getting into Teaching

What else do I need to know? 

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