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Postgraduate study

If you are thinking about postgraduate study, it is a good idea to book an appointment with a Careers Adviser to talk about what is available in your area of interest and what might suit your career aspirations.

When you have decided which subject you would like to study there is a range of places to look for more information. We recommend:

Making an application

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Postgraduate funding information

Unless your employer is paying for you, most postgraduate courses will require you to pay tuition fees and you also need to consider how you will fund your living costs.

There is some financial support available for students on postgraduate courses.

The main Edge Hill University website contains information about how to fund your postgraduate course including government loans, university scholarships and fee reductions for Edge Hill University graduates.

Information about funding postgraduate courses including loans, part-time work and crowd-funding can also be found on the Prospects website.

Another useful resource that provides advice for prospective postgraduate students including a link to charities and trusts is

Certificate and diplomas

  • Most post-graduate certificates (PGCert) or diplomas (PGDip) are vocational meaning they carry a professional qualification for a specific career. 
  • A PGDip is a larger qualification than PGCert as it carries more academic credits 
  • Courses usually last for 9 months. 
  • On completion of a diploma, there is sometimes an option to upgrade to a master’s qualification (MA, MSc or MBA) by producing a dissertation. 
Be aware that you cannot access the postgraduate loans for PGDip and PGCert. 

More information:  

Postgraduate study considerations

People continue to study for a variety of reasons: 

  • A need to specialise further in a particular academic area.
  • Need a particular professional or vocational qualification such as teaching or social work. 
  • Really enjoy a subject. 
  • Want to develop research skills. 
  • Do not know what to do after their degree. 
  • Believe it will enhance their employability prospects. 

Think carefully about your motives for further study. We strongly encourage you to talk to a Careers Adviser about your ideas, particularly if your reasons fall into the bottom two points on the list above. 

Support for current postgraduate students

If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student, you are welcome to use Edge Hill University Careers during your studies and for up to three years after you complete your course.

We offer:

  • Drop-ins for quick queries,
  • Appointments in-person or over Teams,
  • Online support with queries,
  • Career resources,
  • and much more.

To get in touch, please visit the Contacting Careers webpage.

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