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Jodie Marshall

Seven reasons to become a postgraduate student

1. Increase your earning potential

With a masters degree, you can earn up to an estimated £5,753 more a year in your postgraduate career (Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey for academic year 2016/17).

2. Choose a new career direction

Postgraduate study is a great opportunity to switch your career focus or specialise in a new subject area. The majority of postgraduate courses don’t need you to have completed a specific undergraduate degree. Find your perfect postgraduate degree.

3. Do more of what you love

Your postgraduate degree gives you the chance to delve deeper into a subject area, challenge accepted thinking and generate your own ideas. Choose from around 200 postgraduate courses.

4. Stand out from the crowd

The number of people with a strong undergraduate degree is rising, so a postgraduate qualification can make your CV stand out. We work with thousands of organisations, from HSBC to the NHS. These industry partners help design our courses and develop your experience, skills and contacts. Hear from some of our postgraduate students.

5. Access to funding and scholarships

If you normally live in England, or are from elsewhere in the EU, you can access postgraduate loans of up to £11,222 for taught and research masters degrees. Loans are available across most subject areas (subject to eligibility criteria) and can help with living costs while you study. If you have completed an undergraduate degree with us, you could qualify for a scholarship of £1000 towards your postgraduate taught fees if you're starting your course in the academic year 2020/21. If you’re applying from overseas, we offer a range of scholarships for international students.

6. Finding the time to study

We know how important it is to fit study around the rest of your life. That’s why we have 24-hour libraries and an on-campus nursery open 50 weeks a year.

7. Be part of Sheffield’s student community

With more than 60,000 students, Sheffield combines a friendly, creative and independent city centre with plenty of suitable accommodation, easy access to some of the finest countryside in the UK as well as quick and easy transport links if you’re commuting (with London just over two hours away by train). Explore Sheffield as a city for students.

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