Options for further study

​Further study is a great option for developing your career skills further by specialising in an academic area, or even changing direction. It is also the next level of study to undertake if you want to follow a career in academia.

 

Types of further study

There are range of different courses you can go on to study, including:

  • PGCE: the qualification you will need to become a teacher.
  • Conversion courses: includes the GDL (law) and graduate entry medicine.
  • Professional courses (e.g. ACCA, CIMA, CIPD, etc.): these are professional skills courses, often gained while working.
  • Masters courses (e.g. MA, MSc, MEd, etc.): a huge range of subjects available giving you practical skills or further academic knowledge.
  • Doctorates (e.g. PhD, MPhil): extremely specialised qualifications focused on research. Usually requires a masters level qualification.

​Things to consider

  1. What course do you want to study and why?
  2. Which universities offer the course you are interested in?
  3. Consider the pros and cons of going into further study. You might want to think about:
    • How the course fits with your career plans.
    • Does the course (and the modules) give you the skills you want? 
    • Location of the university.
    • Cost of the course.
    • Are there alternative ways of getting the qualification? Can you learn the skills on the job?

Most importantly: do your research. Make sure you know exactly what you are applying for before you begin. Each university will require a different application process, and it may be different again if you are considering studying abroad.

Visit findamasters.com, TARGETpostgrad or Prospects Postgraduate study for more information.

Applying for postgraduate study

For tips on how to apply for a postgraduate course, check out our applying for postgraduate study page.

Funding postgraduate study

Postgraduate study can be expensive, and there are no caps on tuition fees like at undergraduate level. This means universities can chart what they think their course is worth, although typically fees range between £5000 and £10,000.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available from the government, which needs to cover tuition fees and living costs. For more information on these loans, please visit the gov.uk postgraduate loans information.

Other funding sources are available, either to pay for tuition fees or to top-up the government postgraduate loan. Check out Prospects funding postgraduate study advice or TARGETpostgrad funding advice for further information.

If you are studying at Cardiff Met and you are struggling financially, please speak to one of our Student Services Financial and Welfare Advisers.

Further information and support

We are here to help if you get stuck or need a member of staff to provide some impartial feedback. Here's how you can get support from us:

  1. Book an appointment with a member of staff. They can talk through your further study options and help you with further research into courses.
  2. Ask a question on CareerHub. Ideal for students and graduates who cannot get to an appointment in person. We aim to respond within three working days.