There are around 590,000 students studying a postgraduate course in the UK and with around 35% of students coming from another country. What attracts so many students from around the world to continue their studies at a UK university? Here we talk about the benefits of postgraduate study in the UK.
A long history of excellent higher education and world-renowned universities is one of the UK’s main draws for students. Many of the world’s best universities are based in the UK such as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, UCL, LSE and King’s, who consistently top global university rankings year after year. Organisations such as the Quality Assurance Agency and The Office for Students, assess institution for the quality of education and value they offer students which raises the bar for higher education in the UK, meaning whichever university you study at, you can be confident that you will leave with a quality degree that is recognised around the world.
Breadth and depth
There are hundreds of subjects to study at postgraduate level whatever your interests are, allowing you to either drill down further into your academic passion or take your career in a whole new direction. The most popular postgrad subjects are Business, Education and Medicine. But it’s also possible to study niche subjects like Golf Management, Brewing and Stand-Up Comedy!
As well as an impressive array of subjects on offer, students will study their subjects in great depth and can use their studies as a way to specialise in their field, give their professional profile the edge and enhance their career options. Graduates from UK postgraduate courses walk away with significantly more experience and knowledge in their field of study than those studying in other parts of the world.
Choice and flexibility
As well as subject breadth and depth, students have a multitude of qualification options available. From specialist taught degrees such as MA (Master of Arts) or MSc (Master of Science), professional degrees such as MEng (Master of Engineering) or MBA (Master of Business Administration) or research degrees such as MRes (Master of Research) or PhD (Doctorate), students can gain a reputable and recognised qualification in their chosen field.
You can also choose a study mode to suit your lifestyle whether full-time, part-time, distance (online), hybrid (part online, part in-person) and a schedule that fits your individual needs: daytime, evening, weekend, on demand etc. Some courses can be studied intensively, or over extended periods to allow for different paces of study or to fit around other commitments. This flexibility has led to one of the most diverse student cohorts in the world, made up of recent graduates, young professionals and senior professionals which only serves to enrich the classroom experience.
One thing postgraduate courses in the UK have in the common, is their focus on careers and employability. Designed to propel you into a promising career, postgraduate study prepares you for an evolving and competitive job market. Built-in work experience, internships, consultancy projects often found in postgraduate courses are aimed at developing the necessary skills required for a range of jobs and expose students to potential employers. Universities encourage employers from all over the world to recruit directly off campus to support students’ transitions from study life to work life. This seems to be ‘paying off’, as UK postgrads are 56% more likely to be paid a ‘high-skilled salary rate’.
With so many benefits, the UK proves to be an excellent study destination for postgraduate students whatever their education goals and ambitions. UK Study Options have over 10 years’ experience supporting students to make this journey and can help you make your too. Book a free consultation to find out how.