Choosing the right postgraduate course for you

There are so many different options available for postgraduate study. This means that there are a lot of things you’ll need to consider to make sure you’re choosing the right postgraduate course for you – from the length of your course to the method of study. But with some careful research into the options available to you, you can ensure you’re making the right decision for your future.

Postgraduate study at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

Postgraduate study is a big commitment. It’s important to choose the course that's the best fit for you. As well as our full-time courses, our distance learning, block-release and part-time study options all enable you to combine further study with existing work or family commitments.

We have eight academic Schools, offering over 500 postgraduate courses, which means that there’s bound to be a course on offer that suits your lifestyle, needs and aspirations. So whether you’re interested in a PhD, MRes or MA, here's a few pointers to help you navigate your way through your available options and to ensure you pick the right course for you.

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Would you like to improve your career prospects?

Or are you studying because you're passionate about the subject? Being honest about your reasons for choosing to study can influence the type of course you take. If you are studying to advance in your chosen career, a shorter course or one with professional accreditation could be for you. On the other hand, if you want to independently explore your subject, a longer course  – such as a PhD – might be more suitable.

Do you want to immerse yourself in a research degree?

Perhaps the structure of a taught course better suits your goals? A research course involves more independent study than a taught course, and is mainly directed by you, allowing you to shape your own academic future.

Do you have the time and financial stability to study full-time?

Or would you benefit from a part-time or distance learning course instead? Our courses are flexible and designed to fit around you. But you might be eager to graduate as soon as possible, in which case committing full-time could be right for you.

Do you need to secure your funding?

Whatever course you choose, you'll find that there are a range of funding opportunities you can explore. For example, if you choose a research course you may be able to apply for  a scholarship, bursary or loan. We offer a range of competitive bursaries and scholarships for all our Schools, and if you’re an NTU alumni you may be eligible for a 25% discount on your tuition fees! There’s also the option of a Professional and Career Development Loan, or a postgraduate student loan, so there’s plenty of options available.

What next?

Postgraduate study can be incredibly rewarding, but you shouldn’t rush your decision. Take a look through our courses, and consider attending an open event – it’s the best way to get a feel for NTU.

If you have any questions contact our Postgraduate team or our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200. They will be able to help you with any queries you have about applying for postgraduates courses.

You can also contact our Student Support Services who can provide further advice about postgraduate finance and accommodation options.

Choosing the right postgraduate course for you

Published on 10 October 2017

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Postgraduate team
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