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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.  

You can also check out the virtual sessions and recorded presentations on further study.

What are my study options?

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)
  • part-time or by distance/e-learning (so you can combine study with employment)

Information for International students to refer to

Links to useful resources

  • 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. Also, information about PhD study
  • 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 Prospects' Jobs in education (scroll to the Higher Education section). See also Vitae's information on considering doing a PhD
  • Find a PhD
  • Start networking with fellow researchers and share your research on websites like, ResearchGate and Mendeley
  • Guardian Universities news and articles
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  • The Graduate Students' Association provides a social community and academic and welfare support for postgraduate students at the University of York
  • News, policy and general information relating to the higher education sector in the UK can be found at Wonkhe