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A Masters or postgraduate qualification is a significant professional step – a way of progressing in your current field, or a gateway to a change of career. Graduates with a Masters degree or postgraduate qualification can be more employable and tend to enter at higher level positions. Here's how we support them.

Postgraduates are 12% more likely to be in professional and senior roles than first-degree holders.

Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2022

On average, postgraduates earn £6,200 per year more than first-degree holders.

2023 Longitudinal Education Outcomes study

Top 10 university for work experience

2023 RateMyPlacement Awards

How we help postgraduates find jobs

Our aim for all NTU students is that when you meet employers, you’ll have more than just a qualification - you’ll have relevant, hands-on experience and the employability skills to develop your career.

Alongside the built-in work-like experience on your course to test and grow your skills in the workplace, our dedicated Employability team are ready with help and advice every step of the way.

From day one at NTU, you will have contact with specialist employability experts, and have access to workshops, events, fairs, and our online employability portal to explore opportunities with our global network of employers.

More about our Employability and Careers services

One-to-one support

Give us a goal, and we’ll support you to plan your future. Our expert Employability team offer one-to-one discussions and tailored support. These career professionals are available for both drop-in or pre-booked sessions, in person on City, Clifton and Brackenhurst campuses or online.

In addition, specialist Careers Coaches are based within each Academic School, and will help consolidate your learning with industry-specific support, aligning your skills and experience with the demands of a fast-moving job market.


Shashank, MSc Management and Marketing, tells us how the employability team helped him secure his placement.

Work experience and placements

As one of the UK’s most employment-focused universities and ranked in the top 10 for work experience (RateMyPlacement Awards 2023), we know you’ll need support to boost your employability prospects.

Our Masters and postgraduate courses are built around incredible in-work developmental opportunities (including some which are exclusive to NTU students), where you can put your learning into action to help maximise your competitive advantage with bespoke, targeted support.

There are also dedicated Postgraduate Coordinators for students in Nottingham Business School and the School of Science and Technology.


Jack, MArch Architecture, tells us how NTU provided him with the tools, resources and skills to launch his architectural career.

Online resources access

We understand that planning your career needs to be accessible. That’s why we have an extensive selection of self-service 24/7 online support through MyEmployability.

MyEmployability provides direct access to graduate opportunities and vacancies from companies looking to recruit NTU graduates. It features on-demand guidance and assistance for writing your CV, interview preparation, assessment centre practise, and e-learning courses to improve your workplace skillset.

Professional networks

You’ll get a professional head-start with our network of over 2,000 employers. Nottingham has a vibrant graduate recruitment market, and we work closely with organisations within the region to retain our graduate talent and provide exciting opportunities, including internships and live projects.

Careers fairs

Our career fairs are held throughout the year on campus, where you can talk in-person to companies and employers looking to recruit NTU postgraduate students. You might be at the start of your career planning or have a career route in mind - either way, you'll come away from our careers fairs with some fresh inspiration.

CV and interview skills

We provide tools and personalised support through every stage of your job-hunting, from building and tailoring your CV, to interview practise and assessment centre preparation.

Our on-demand tools CV360 and Interview360 provide assistance in building a CV tailored to any role and preparing for interviews with a comprehensive library of the most commonly asked questions and tips on how to answer them.

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Part-time jobs

With hundreds of opportunities for part-time work in and around the city we can help you source a role that will allow you to earn while you study, either through:

  • JobShop: a great online resource for finding paid work across Nottingham
  • Unitemps: our in-house provider for all casual work at NTU, with a wide variety of roles from student ambassadors, to supporting NTU's own marketing campaigns.

Hear how MA Fashion Designer, Maria-Laura, used the support from NTU Enterprise to launch her luxury knitwear brand Lalla Wandavi.

Self-employment and entrepreneurship

We’ve been supporting enterprising minds with their business ideas since 2001, helping more than 400 student start-ups.

If you’ve got the ideas and the motivation to forge your own professional path, NTU Enterprise — our purpose-built centre for entrepreneurship — can help turn your business ideas into a reality.

Student working

Support after graduation

You’ll have access to employability support for up to three years after you graduate (and forever online). This includes careers advice and coaching, graduate job alerts, and careers events and initiatives.

Find out more on our graduate website.

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