Unlike undergraduate courses, the majority of postgraduate courses are not supported by government funding. This can present a dilemma to prospective students who wish to further their academic studies to the next level after graduation.
There are some exceptions to this, including PGCE and postgraduate Social Work and NHS-funded qualifications, where students may be entitled to financial support. PGCE funding can involve loans and grants from the LEA and a teacher training bursary. Postgraduate Social Work courses may attract funding which can be used for fees and living costs from the Department of Health as can a number of NHS-funded graduate courses.
So, for courses where there’s no governmental funding available, where else can a prospective postgraduate student look for funding?
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Postgraduate study can provide a rewarding and exciting route to developing yourself personally, academically or professionally. There can be a whole host of reasons as to why those who decide to take up further study choose to do so at different stages of their lives.
However you arrive at a decision to study, it’s important that you are comfortable with any decision you reach, considering the full range of options available to you in terms of course selection, institution and funding.
Finding a suitable course
There are a myriad of course options available to prospective students. Think about what you want to get out of postgraduate study. Do you want to enhance your knowledge in a subject related to your bachelor’s degree? Are you seeking a course which will provide a professionally recognised qualification in a particular area? Do you want to change direction completely? You need to ask yourself as many questions as you need to in order to draw out relevant information on which you can base your decision. Continue reading Graduate options: considering postgraduate study