What Is A Postgraduate Qualification?

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Postgraduate study is the next step for students who have completed their undergraduate studies. Postgraduate courses are usually studied after obtaining a diploma or bachelor’s degree, and they lead to master’s or doctoral (PhD) qualifications.


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Postgraduate qualifications can be either a diploma, degree, masters or PhD. Postgraduate studies are ideal for those who want to study further in their field of study or change career paths.

The main reason for studying a postgraduate course is that you can extend your knowledge, skills and career development. Generally, postgraduate courses are designed for students who wish to pursue a higher level of knowledge in a particular area. This may be for academic reasons such as furthering research, or for practical reasons such as enhancing your career prospects.

Postgraduate study is usually more intensive than undergraduate study and requires greater commitment. It is usually more specialised and based on the assumption that you already have a fundamental understanding of the subject.

You may study a postgraduate qualification part-time while working or full-time if you don’t have any other obligations.

There is not necessarily a set career path for students who choose postgraduate study, it can be used simply to further your knowledge in an area of interest or help you progress your career into a specialised role.

Those who choose to do postgraduate studies after completing their undergraduate studies can either do so at the same university or college, or choose a different institution which offers the field of study that they are interested in.


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