After graduation

Many graduates choose to enter employment immediately after completing their degree. However another option is to consider a higher degree.

For those wishing to study for a higher degree there are 2 main choices: a taught program leading to a Masters degree, or research leading to a Masters degree or Doctorate.

Taught programmes:

This option may be suitable if you wish to gain advanced training in a particular subject area or supplement your first degree with qualifications in a related field, or even in an entirely different discipline.

Some basic info:

    • taught programmes take between 1-2 years of full-time study and lead to a Masters qualification
    • you'll attend lectures, tutorials and seminars and will be assessed by formal examinations and coursework
    • you'll normally be required to carry out a research project which is assessed by dissertation
    • the project may be carried out in an academic institution or within industry

Research programmes:

This option may appeal to you if you're strongly oriented towards a particular topic and want the freedom to develop your own ideas.

Some basic info:

    • research may be carried out in collaboration with industry
    • research degree programmes lead to a Masters or Doctorate
    • a Masters by research will take between 1-2 years of full-time work to complete
    • there are several types of Doctorate degree programme in the UK, but not all universities offer the same range
    • you will have to produce a dissertation describing your work and its findings, and you'll be examined by viva voce (a type of interview)