Is a Postgraduate degree the right step for you?

With the exam period coming up and many students finishing their final semester it leaves university students with a question on what to do next?

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Most students spend three or more years studying at university so what benefits are there in studying for another year?

The main aim of a master’s degree is to advance a student’s knowledge in a specific subject. For some, this additional level of studying may not be required but for other students, such as those doing medical degrees, this could be a necessity.

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We asked University of Derby students the reasons why they are, or are not, furthering their education.

One sports and exercise therapy student said:

“For me, a masters is a requirement, I need a specific qualification to work in the elite levels of football which they only teach in a masters course

“I understand why many students would not want to do one if it is not a requirement.”

Another sports and exercise therapy student said:

“I do not want to do a masters because I do not want to spend another year in education. I want to be working.

“The data side of sports therapy does not require me to have another qualification, and this is what I want to do.”

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“For me the appeal of doing a masters is not there.” One engineering student said:

“I do not understand why I would want to spend more money and be in more debt when my degree is fine how it is”

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UCAS state that studying a masters can increase earning potential as well as increasing your knowledge in certain areas

So therefore, a masters is worth doing, right? For some students they may not want to spend another year doing the same course.

A student currently doing a postgraduate degree explained why he chose to further his education:

“If I am being completely honest, I chose to do a masters because I had no idea what I wanted to do just yet

“A masters enabled me to stall just that bit longer until I know what I want to do”

Find more information on postgraduate degrees here.