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Further study

Why consider postgraduate study?

Up to 20% of Warwick students undertake postgraduate study and it can be a rewarding experience but it's important that you do your research before committing yourself. Is postgraduate study necessary in your field? What are the costs involved?

Your options

  • Postgraduate diploma/certificate - usually one year full time vocational or professional qualifications e.g. law (GDL), teaching (PGCE)
  • Taught Master's e.g. MA/MSC or MBA - usually one year full time, but can be studied part time over two years
  • Research based Master's/doctorate e.g. MPhil or PhD -3 or 4 years of independent research, supervised by one or two academics. PhDs can also be linked to industry, with a greater emphasis on vocational input (e.g. EngD).

Personal Statements

A personal statement may be between 500-1000 words but requirements will vary between disciplines and courses.

There is no definitive structure, but you may find it helpful to follow our guidance.


Tips for before you apply

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