An undergraduate degree is increasingly part - albeit a signigicant one - of what is a longer journey to the career you aspire to as opposed to being the final step.
A postgraduate qualification is an excellent way to enhance your employment prospects. Not only do such qualifications help to differentiate you in the jobs market, they are also evidence of your commitment and dedication. Research degrees demonstrate your ability to think independently and work towards a goal, while taught courses highlight your ability to learn new skills and ideas. (Why You Should Study at Postgraduate Level, 2009).
In terms of the tangible career benefits to be had, research has shown that there is a 'Postgraduate Premium' in terms of average salaries, with holders of PG qualifications earning over £5,000 per annum more than those whose highest qualification is an undergraduate degree (The Scottish Government, 2015).
Please see below the various funding support options for pursuing Postgraduate Qualifications, either within the School of Science & Sport or beyond.
SAAS Postgraduate Loan
The most common source of PG support comes from SAAS, and there are significant changes coming in for for session 2017-18 that will extend greatly the opportunities available to you beyond the restricted range of courses that qualified for such support previously.
There is now a universal student loan entitlement of up to £10,000 fo all eligible one-year, full-time taught PG courses students, provided you meet the residence criteria; this breaks down as follows:
- Tuition fees up to £5,500
- Non-income assessed living-cost loan of £4,500
Crucially, taking out a Postgraduate loan will not result in you repaying your UG Student Loan and your PG Student Loan simulataneously - the PG loan is simply added to the UG one and repaid as a single balance (over a longer period of time than would otherwise have been the case).
Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Database
Another source of financial support comes in the form of various charities and trusts. UWS pays a subscription on your behalf for access to the database above, which is a wide ranging search engine covering over 600 different charities and trusts, which also houses comprehensive guidance on how to make a high-quality application.
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Otherwise, provided you have a UWS studentmail account you can create an account in less than 30 seconds - simply click here!
Please do feel free to contact the School's Student Enhancement Developer if you would like to discuss your postgraduate study options in greater depth: email@example.com
The Scottish Government (2015) Taught Postgraduate Review: Working Group Final Report. [Online] Available: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0049/00491243.pdf [Accessed: 15 April 2016].
Why You Should Study at Postgraduate Level. (2009) [Online] Available: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/careers-advice/studentships/1291/why-you-should-study-at-postgraduate-level/ [Accessed: 15 April 2016].