Postgraduate study

Advance your career with a master’s degree

We know that for many of you the thought of improving your career prospects or switching careers entirely is an enticing one, which is why you’re now considering a postgraduate degree – and you’re right to do so! Having a postgraduate degree to your name can improve your career prospects and impress industry employers where postgraduate study is recognised. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills predicts that roughly 15% of jobs (1 in 7) are likely to need a postgraduate degree by 2022.

Improve your salary

Those with postgraduate degrees can earn more on average compared with those who have a bachelor’s degree. Research has shown that over your working life a postgraduate will expect to earn £5,500 more a year – or over £200,000 more over a 40 year working life – than someone only holding a bachelor’s degree. (Source: The Sutton Trust 2013)

Get Chartered

A master's degree can be a requirement for Chartership, (for example IChemE, is the only organisation worldwide that can award you with the internationally recognised qualification: Chartered Chemical Engineer).

Obtain professional qualifications

A postgraduate course can facilitate development or entrance into a particular profession. These courses are recognised by official bodies within a particular industry. You can achieve a professional qualification needed to pursue your chosen career (e.g. teaching, social work, librarianship or clinical psychology).

Continued Professional Development (CPD)

If you're a professional already working in industry, you can choose to study individual modules. These can also be grouped together to gain a specific award.

Award winning career service

You’ll want to capitalise on your postgraduate studies by getting the best advice and guidance about your future career opportunities. Our Careers Network is here to help you identify the additional skills, knowledge and personal attributes gained from studying at postgraduate level, and how to apply these to boost your employability.

Whether you are considering a career in academia, the commercial sector, charitable or not-for-profit organisations, advisers in the Careers Network can assist with information about employment in a range of industries. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet potential employers at the Recruitment Fairs held on the Loughborough campus (students based on our London campus receive free transport to these Fairs.)

Other Careers Network services include:

 - Careers Help Point – drop-in advice
 - 15 minutes quick advice sessions
 - 30 minutes Career Consultations
 - 30-60 minutes Mock Interviews
 - Career Planning presentations
 - Advice by email

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Support for entrepreneurs

If you have ambitions to start your own business, you can engage in enterprise education and activities, and apply for support through The Studio. The Studio provides a package of practical services and facilities to help graduates set up and run their businesses over the first two years.

Members have access to specialist facilities and expertise, a base in a fully serviced office space and follow a tailored training and mentoring programme.

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