Thinking about further study? Find out how to explore your options and decide whether it's really for you.
Why further study?
Further study means progressing from an undergraduate degree on to a postgraduate course such as a Masters or PhD.
Progressing on to further study can help you:
- stand out to employers in competitive sectors
- gain more relevant skills for your career so you can enter a particular profession
- increase your confidence, networking and communication skills
- develop your research skills, and become an expert in your field, if you plan to go into academia.
Other ways to study
If you don’t want to progress on to a Masters or PhD, but want to sharpen up your skills in a particular area for a specific career, you could take a shorter online course.
You could learn to use specific software, look at a range of business skills (such as project management or SEO), or try something creative. There are many learning platforms out there, so take your time to explore them.
Search for an online course using the National Careers Service.
Studying abroad offers an amazing opportunity to experience living in another country. However, from choosing the right course to arranging visas, it requires extensive research and forward planning.
Use sites FindAMasters and Mastersportal to search for opportunities for postgraduate study abroad. We also have tips on preparing to study abroad.
If you are thinking of studying a PhD abroad, check funding opportunities including:
- DAAD scholarships
- MEXT scholarships
- Fulbright Commission
- Leverhulme Trust's study abroad studentships
- Canon research fellowships.
Further help and advice
You can get one-to-one advice throughout the year (and up to three years after graduation). We offer a range of appointments during the day.
Our Canvas site also contains lots of advice on careers, including part-time jobs, CVs and applications, internships and experience, graduate work, interviews and making career choices.