When finishing your undergraduate degree you may feel as though you want to continue your education or even move on to study something new.
There are multiple options if this is the right path for you:
Continuing in a taught Masters in your undergraduate discipline
Taking a graduate research Masters – particularly good if you have a research idea in mind
A PhD – some courses allow you to go straight from undergrad to PhD, dependent on your obtained degree
Conversion course – e.g. Law Conversion
Medicine/Occ Health/Nursing – Some universities have the option of doing this as a post-graduate course at a lower cost, however students also have the option to take these as a second undergraduate for those who have decided to move across to a NHS field
A new taught Masters – Some courses do not require you to have completed a bachelors in the same discipline in order for you to do a Masters, this may be a good option for career development to do a more vocational degree (e.g. business development, creative marketing, film production, journalism, HR, etc)
Meet Jay - a graduate who has taken this pathway! Jay talks about his journey to going on to further postgraduate study with his Master's course at the University of Toronto. Listen to how he made this decision, his route through the application process and his advice to future graduates looking to take a similar pathway!
Staying at the University of Leicester:
Some students decide their best option is to stay studying at the University of Leicester, and it is worth noting there are some added benefits from doing this. Students who have studied at Leicester previously are entitled to a discount on their studies (for more information please click here), additionally you will find it easier to discuss research options and find out more information about the postgraduate department.
Please see the accounts written by alumni who chose to do their post graduate degrees at Leicester:
Postgraduate Degrees in a New Establishment:
Additionally you can explore postgraduate degree options across the UK and will be entitled to the post graduate degree loan – please see more details here:
The system is different for post graduate applications compared with undergrad, unlike the UCAS system where all applications are in one place, you will complete applications individually through university course pages on their university’s website. For help structuring a personal statement, take a look at this advice:
Another option is to think about doing a postgraduate course abroad. There are various scholarships available with help financially, as well as services to help with insurances, accommodation, etc. Just bear in mind that different countries have different lengths of courses compared with the UK and can have different entry requirements (e.g. language tests and numeracy tests).
Here are some good starting points for this option: