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Targeting the right students

The key to a successful recruitment campaign here at Warwick is communicating your recruitment opportunities to the right student groups. Employer Connect can help you to target specific student groups by department, degree type, nationality and year of study.

International students

Warwick has a student population of around 23,400, of which nearly 60% are undergraduates. As a result of our global reputation, over a quarter of the student population - approximately 6,400 students - come from outside of the UK and EEA.

Warwick attracts the most able students from over 142 countries - a major proportion of which are from the UK’s largest commercial partners, including Mainland China, India, Malaysia, Nigeria and Russia, as well as the USA, EU and Middle East.

With in-depth understanding of different markets, cultures and languages, as well as overseas contacts, international students are ideally suited to supporting a company’s global business needs and can add a significant competitive edge to an organisation.

Postgraduate students

Warwick has over 10,400 postgraduate students studying for a range of higher degrees.

Our talented and highly-skilled postgraduate students are some of the most sought after individuals by employers, both in the UK and internationally.

Many of the services that Employer Connect offer are also well suited to helping employers to recruit postgraduates and we can offer advice in relation to this. However we also recognise that this student group has differing needs and skills that they are able to offer employers and we have developed our postgraduate services to reflect this.

Warwick’s masters programmes are intensive courses which build on a student’s intellectual and analytical skills gained during their undergraduate studies.

Our masters programmes develop both a student’s in-depth knowledge in a particular subject area, as well as core skills which can be directly transferred to the workplace.

Throughout their studies, Warwick masters’ students will have learnt to:

  • manage an intensive workload with tight deadlines
  • develop self-discipline and self-motivation
  • work as part of group and communicate effectively
  • deliver presentations to a variety of audiences.

As well as offering core workplace skills, many of our masters postgraduates also offer employers substantial, previous work experience.

Whilst some postgraduate students will want to specialise and remain in academia, many others will be keen to apply their skills in the wider job market.

During their study, our postgraduate students are essentially working and are expected to meet deadlines, achieve goals and report to their supervisor. By the end of their studies, students may well have gained a greater wealth of experience and skills than many of their peers working in entry level positions, as they will have taken on more responsibility more quickly.

Warwick PhD students offer employers highly developed skills, including:

  • enhanced organisational skills and excellent problem-solving abilities
  • an analytical approach to working and in-depth research skills
  • project management experience gained from managing large-scale research projects
  • excellent communication
  • ability to work collaboratively with networking expertise and contacts.

Higher education qualifications can broadly be divided into three main stages – the first stage is the undergraduate degree, followed by the masters and then the doctoral level.

These three levels all build on each other with the doctoral level representing the highest available qualification.

The following information provides an overview of the various postgraduate qualifications at Warwick and also a brief summary about what each qualification involves:

What is a masters?

A masters is a first level postgraduate qualification that can be achieved by students in one of two ways - either through a teaching course plus a piece of student research or dissertation; or be research-based with some teaching modules.

Masters courses generally involve one year’s full-time study, but can be longer if they are part-time or research-based courses.

Depending on the subject area, a Masters degree will be awarded as a Master of Arts (MA); Master of Science (MSc), Master of Research (MRes) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil).

What is a PhD?

A Doctoral qualification, or PhD, is achieved after three to four years of full-time academic research (or longer if part-time) into a particular subject area and is the highest level of degree that a student can achieve.

A student achieving a doctoral qualification is awarded a PhD, which stands for ‘Doctor of Philosophy’, sometimes referred to as a ‘doctorate’.

Other postgraduate qualifications

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a masters degree in business administration, which attracts people from a wide range of academic disciplines. The MBA degree can be studied in a variety of ways, including full-time, part-time and distance learning, and is organised by Warwick Business School.

Our postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) is a one year, full-time, higher education postgraduate programme which focuses on developing a student’s teaching skills.

Recruiting a diverse workforce

Employer Connect is keen to assist employers with your diversity initiatives and can work with you to help you connect with different student groups. We can advise on sponsorship opportunities which may open up a wider student focus for you, and advise on targeted services to help you market your organisation effectively.

Workshops, drop in sessions, employer talks and presentations on diversity are always widely welcomed by all our students and generate excellent feedback.

If you have a diversity initiative or event, or a presentation you would like to share with our students, please contact us to discuss your requirements.