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:
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:
- News, policy and general information relating to the higher education sector in the UK from Wonkhe
- Start networking with fellow researchers and share your research on websites like Academia.edu, ResearchGate and Mendeley
- Articles, news and blogs at the Guardian Higher Education Network
- Jobs.ac.uk has useful articles relating to academic careers, job seeking tips and careers advice, as well as vacancies for post-docs, academic and non-academic posts
- A practical guide to planning an academic or research career
- Should I do a PhD? guide from jobs.ac.uk and other career planning tools to help you make an informed decision
- The Graduate Students' Association provides a social community and academic and welfare support for postgraduate students at the University of York