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Why should I do a postgraduate degree?

Whichever type of postgraduate degree you decide to undertake, it's a major investment in your future.

There are many different reasons why you might choose to return to or continue your education at the University of Bradford - we've highlighted a few below.

You can also take a look at the Steps to Postgraduate Study website, an official independent guide for anyone considering a taught postgraduate course.

I am doing research that is useful for the industry, using the best facilities. I've got a job offer already, and I had lots of help and support from the University. Sina Naderi - MSc Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Improve your career prospects

Fees for postgraduate courses vary, with some funding available through scholarships, loans and employers.

Government research shows you could get a significant return on your investment: 

  • The average salary for someone with a postgraduate qualification in England is £39,000 - compared to £33,000 for graduates and £23,000 for non-graduates.
  • 77.8% of postgraduates work in high skilled employment and the unemployment rate among graduates is just 2.4%.

At the University of Bradford we have a dedicated Career Development Service with an advisor specialising in postgraduate students.

And we even offer a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Career Management in Practice - aimed specifically at getting you into work.

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of our postgraduate graduates went on to professional/managerial level employment

Source: 2016/2017 DLHE annual report

Further or change your career

Postgraduate study can unlock completely new career paths.

The skills acquired through many of our courses will be useful for a number of different professions, while other jobs require specific qualifications.

A national survey shows 58% of postgraduate students choose their course to help progress their career, and 21% to change their career.

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I am doing a Postgraduate Certificate and going to go on to do my Master’s so I can be a practice nurse. It’s two days in practice, one full day in university and the rest is study. It’s full-on. Bradford is about the hands-on experience, the practical learning. Sarah O'Donnell - PGCert Advanced Practice Nursing

Networking and industry experience

When you study for a postgraduate degree, you're not in isolation.

You'll be working alongside your peers with a wealth of experience - both behind them and ahead of them.

Make sure you use that to your advantage as you never know who may be in a position to help you and work with you in the future.

As part of your research you are likely to come into contact with people in industry who can benefit from your work and want to use your unique skills to provide a solution for a real-world problem.

And on a University of Bradford taught course, chances are you'll have the opportunity to do a placement in industry.

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I have formed a number of strong relationships with peers and lecturers, which I continue to enjoy and expect to benefit from over the long run. Max Hopkinson - Executive MBA

Specialise in your field

Studying for a postgraduate degree, such as a Master's, will give you a higher level of knowledge and understanding of your subject.

Contribute to your specialism

Undertaking a research degree such as a PhD involves making a significant contribution to knowledge.

It is your opportunity to change the way people think about your field of expertise.

Producing research that has an impact on people and practice is one of the University of Bradford's key aims.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, almost 90% of our research case studies were judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent when it came to impact.

I got a chance to work with one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies on developing a product for them as part of my research. Shivprasad Deshmukh - PhD Pharmaceutical Science

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