Postgraduate study

We have a dedicated Graduate Careers Support Team who are on hand to help you pursue your career ambitions as and when you need us.  

There are a number of reasons why you may decide to continue with your studies.  It may be required for your chosen profession or it may simply be that you have a love for your subject. Have a look at Prospects job profiles for further information on this. 

  • Many students will choose to take out a postgraduate loan to fund their studies / living expenses. 
  • Information on the system in Wales is available here*.  Further information can be found via Prospects.
  • Information for postgraduate loans in England is available here*.  Further information can be found via Prospects*.
  • You should look at the eligibility criteria carefully.  It is usually determined by your place of permanent residence. 
  • You are also likely to find that institutions will offer incentives / bursaries to study with them.  You should check specific university websites for further information on this.
  • The seven government research councils are an important source of funding for research based Masters and PhD study in the UK -

  1. Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)*
  2. Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)*
  3. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)*
  4. Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)*
  5. Medical Research Council (MRC)*
  6. Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)*
  7. Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) *

  • Target Jobs - studying outside of the UK* – overview of international higher education systems, courses you can study, how to apply for postgraduate courses abroad, fees and scholarships, exchange programmes, will the qualifications be recognised in the UK, and visa requirements.
  • Prospects study abroad* – everything you need to know about student visas, course fees, study exchanges and more. 

Whether you are applying for positions within or outside of academia, you will have developed a range of skills and abilities through your research, which many employers will find attractive.  The following resources will help you to use your PhD in the job market.  They cover career planning, professional development and job hunting.

  • Vitae Researchers Portal* – specialist site dedicated to researchers professional and career development.
  •* – researchers careers – includes destinations and career paths of PhD graduates, advice for those pursing an academic career, careers outside of academia and applying for academic jobs.
  •* – Career planning for PHDs e-book.
  • Prospects – Your PhD What Next?*  – an essential career planning and job hunting guide for those embarking on, or holding a PhD qualification.  This link includes information on professional development opportunities, research councils and job search websites.
  • FindAPHd* – only dedicated PhD web site in Europe.  With funded PhD studentships and opportunities for self-financed students to study at some of the world’s top research universities.
  • – offer an annual £5,000 PhD scholarship plus a number of smaller awards in any subject.
  • Discover Business Online Guide to MBA and Graduate Programs* – this guide is to help prospective students make more informed decisions when selecting a graduate program. 


Personal statements for postgraduate applications* -  how to write an effective, specific and detailed personal statement.


- Ebook*looking at the Masters / PhD route and the key considerations to bear in mind.

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