Postgraduate study can unlock a world of possibilities – and give you the time and space to pursue your passion.
Whether you want to open doors or expand your mind, postgraduate study could be what you're looking for. A postgraduate degree on your CV can help you stand out in a noisy job market, and it could boost your earning potential, too.
Here are our top five reasons to choose postgraduate study:
1. Go deeper
If at graduation you still have buring questions about your field, postgraduate study gives you the chance to feed your curiosity. You’ll be able to challenge yourself and focus on subjects that really fascinate you – in a community of inquisitive, like-minded students.
“The biggest highlight was having the opportunity to take the topic I was interested in and study it in depth. It ignited a passion for study and my time at Bath Spa gave me a solid foundation to pursue further research. It has also opened up other career avenues such as lecturing, training and research...”
— Ruth Smith, MA Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice
2. Invest in your future
Completing a Master’s could mean you earn more in your chosen career. In fact, research by the Sutton Trust suggests postgraduates can earn £200,000 more than graduates across their working lives. And the Department for Education found that postgraduates’ salaries are higher in all subject areas compared with undergraduates.
3. Become a thought-leader
Publishers and performers. Filmmakers and entrepreneurs. Classroom pioneers and business leaders. Through postgraduate study, you’ll build connections with some of the brightest minds – whether in the lecture theatre, seminar room, studio, or outside university, through networking and industry events.
4. Choose a career path
Perhaps you’ve got your sights set on a dream career? Or maybe you’re at a crossroads, looking for a fresh direction? Either way, many postgraduates use their degree to gain the specialist skills and professional qualifications needed for a specific role.
5. Gain specialist knowledge
Hone your research skills. Work alongside world-leading scholars. Make a mark in your field of study. There’s no doubt postgraduate study expands your mind and deepens your knowledge of a subject. And, for some, it’s a springboard to a career in academia.
Want to study at Bath Spa?
The future looks bright for our postgrads – just look at these stats:
“94% of Bath Spa University postgraduates* go on to professional and managerial work, or higher level further study, six months after graduating.”
If you've already graduated from Bath Spa, you could be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship. Find out more about postgraduate study at Bath Spa University, or register for upcoming Open Days and updates.
*Based on UK domiciled graduates from postgraduate degree programmes that responded to the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey for 2016/17 leavers. HESA 2018.
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