Postgraduate study is a popular option for students who have completed a first degree and wish to specialise further.
There are two major ways of studying for a higher degree in the UK:
- by undertaking research for a doctorate (three years) or a Master's degree (two years)
- by instruction for a Master's degree.
Finding a course
There are a number of databases which provide details of courses available in the UK
- Prospects website has a special section on further study for international students, which includes study and research opportunities in the UK and information on funding.
- The British Council Education UK website has an online postgraduate course database, and information about funding UK study.
- Full details of courses available at Nottingham Trent University can be found on the University Course Finder.
Funding is a major consideration when assessing the pros and cons of postgraduate study. Although most international students privately fund their UK study there are a number of scholarships and awards available to international students. The following sources may help when researching your options:
- The UKCISA website - provides information on where to look for sources of funding
- Prospects website
- The British Council
- Overseas Research Award Scheme
- UK Research Councils for EU students
- The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Scholarships and Fellowships
- The AGCAS booklet 'Careers and Further Study for International Students' has information on sources of funding for postgraduate study. Pick up a copy of this booklet from the Employability Team.
Comparability of international qualifications
The UK National Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC) provides information and advice on the authenticity and comparability of international qualifications, courses and even institutions. It is a valuable resource for international students needing to compare their qualifications when making applications for study. They provide an advice line for simple queries from students - Telephone: +44 (0)870 990 4088.
You may also want to visit the UCAS website for comparability of international qualifications. There is a searchable database of countries.