Postgraduate Study and Funding
Issues to consider
If you are thinking of carrying on with further study or training, there are some issues that you need to consider, the main one being why do you want to do it? It could be because you love your subject, you want to carry on in academia, that it’s essential for getting into a particular career, it might give you a competitive edge, or you want to change your academic focus by doing a conversion course. Think about your reasons carefully as postgraduate study is an expensive option with little in the way of funding. Both Prospects and Target Jobs are useful sources of information about postgraduate study.
Find out about courses
Courses range from diplomas and certificates to taught and research based Masters courses to Phd. If you are interested in doing a course related to your degree, talk to your tutors as they may be able to direct you to specialists in your interested field in other institutions. Search the full UK database of postgraduate courses at www.prospects.ac.uk/search_courses.htm. Also see Target Postgrad, www.findamasters.com and www.findaphd.com.
If you want to find out about destinations of graduates who have completed the course you are considering, contact the institution’s careers service. Carefully check entry requirements and closing dates, particularly if you want to be considered for any available funding.
Details of postgraduate funding can be found at www.prospects.ac.uk/funding_my_further_study.htm
The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is an online resource designed to help prospective and current postgraduate students identify potential sources of funding for their postgraduate programme. The Guide can be accessed free of charge by all Bangor University students and staff, either directly from a campus-connected computer, or by submitting your @bangor.ac.uk e-mail address and obtaining a username and password for access from any location.
An online database of research funding opportunities is provided by Research Professional as well as a source of international research policy and practice news. It also incorporates specific content to support research at Bangor University.
If you are thinking of postgraduate study overseas, ideally you need to start planning about 18 months ahead. Go to the Prospects guide to studying abroad for information on finding, funding and applying for courses.
Writing a personal statement
Applications for postgraduate study usually require you to submit a personal statement which will be vital to you being successful in getting onto the course of your choice. This is an opportunity for you to 'sell yourself', to market your enthusiasm, interest and skills to admissions tutors. Support with writing personal statements.