Thinking of Postgraduate Study?
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If you are thinking of carrying on with further study or training, there are some things that you might want to consider.
Ask yourself - Why do you want to do it?
- Is it because you love your subject?
- Do you want to pursue an academic career?
- Is it essential for getting into a particular career?
- Will it give you a competitive edge?
- Do you want to change your academic focus?
Think about your reasons carefully, and use the following sites to help with your research:
- All About Careers - Postgraduate Study: Important Things to Consider
- Prospects - Postgraduate Study Guide
- Target Jobs - Postgraduate Study Advice
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 lecturers, as they may be able to direct you to specialists in your field of interest here and in other institutions. For courses and applications here at Bangor, your lecturers will be able to put you in touch with the postgraduate co-ordinator for your academic school, who will be able to assist.
For up-to-date information about postgraduate funding visit the Prospects guide.
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 obtain a username and password for access from any location.
Research Professional is an online database of research funding opportunities, as well as a source of international research policy and practice news. Furthermore, 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.
Have a look at the following links for more information on studying in specific countries:
- For more information on studying in a commonwealth country - https://www.acu.ac.uk/
- For more information on studying in the USA - http://www.fulbright.org.uk/
- For information on studying in New Zealand and Australia - http://www.studyoptions.com/
Teaching can be an interesting and rewarding career for a lot of graduates, but it makes sense to consider if teaching is really for you before you apply for a PGCE or take up a teaching post.
We run a regular 'Teacher Training Options' information workshop throughout the academic year - check our our Workshops and Events schedule to find out when the next workshop is.
The Routes into Teaching handout produced by Target Jobs and updated annually, is a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about teaching in the UK, from subjects you can teach, to an overview of the UK schools system, training options, fees and funding. You might also want to explore education career alternatives, as there are so many interesting professions across all sectors with teaching and education at their core.
PGCE Courses at Bangor
If you are interested in completing a PGCE qualification here in Bangor, visit the School of Education web pages for further information.
Please remember that classroom experience is now highly valued for entry onto a PGCE course and you will be expected to show evidence of this at your interview.