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Postgraduate study

What is postgraduate study?

A postgraduate qualification is one that you study for after completing an undergraduate degree. Some postgraduate qualifications require specific first degree subjects, whereas others do not.  Examples of postgraduate qualifications include: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Master of Arts, Master of Science, MBA, PhD and Doctorate.

Postgraduate study at Southampton Solent University

Southampton Solent University offers a range of postgraduate, professional and short courses to further your career. If you are thinking of staying at Solent University it is worth taking a look at the latest course details on the website at solent.ac.uk/postgraduate.

The University offers a fee discount of up to 50% on postgraduate study to Solent graduates. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate or master’s degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:

  • First (1.1) or master’s degree with distinction will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
  • 2.1 or 2.2 or a master’s degree with merit will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

Searching for postgraduate courses in the UK

There are a range of sites that you can use to help you search for postgraduate courses in the UK. These include:

If you would prefer to study part time or via distance learning, the Open University offers a wide range of postgraduate distance learning courses as do many other UK higher education institutions.

Funding

There is a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 available.  You will be eligible for this loan if you:

  • have been ordinarily resident in England for three years on the first day of your course
  • are under 60 years of age on the first day of your course
  • are studying a taught or research master’s course
  • don't already have a postgraduate master's qualification, or another higher level qualification, such as a PhD.

For full details and eligibility criteria go to https://www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study.

Sites like Scholarship Search, Postgraduate Studentships and Prospects can help you identify and provide advice on the variety of funding sources available for those considering postgraduate study.

The Times Higher Education Supplement and Jobs.ac.uk list academic vacancies as well as PhD studentships.

Study abroad

Prospects.ac.uk provides detailed advice on studying in many countries. You may want to source additional specialist advice for particular countries. For example, the Fulbright Commission provides detailed information and advice for study in the USA.

Page last updated on Wednesday 17 August 2016 at 3.41pm.

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