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Further study


There are many reasons for choosing further study - love of a subject, needing a professional qualification for a particular career, or pursuing an academic career. If considering further study think beyond the course to make sure it will fit with your career plans. 

There are various study options:

  • academic courses (eg taught Masters and research degrees)
  • vocational courses (offering professional qualifications and/or practical experience)
  • semi-vocational courses (which may improve your employment prospects)

Many courses can be studied part-time or by distance/e-learning, which means you may be able to combine study with employment.

See the Prospects website for things to consider if you are thinking about further study, including timing and funding, types of course and study patterns, the research reputation of the institution and future employment prospects. 

‌The Vitae website provides extensive information and resources to support the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff. You can find out about the work of an academic and roles in academia, at An Academic Career.

International students considering further study in the UK should also refer to:

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