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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

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online is all about alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject, or nationality.

The Alternative Guide online contains a huge database of funding opportunitues, comprehensive guidance, and numerous tools to help you prepare a winning grant application.

Student Opportunity has subscribed to the Guide, and so it's free for all staff and students to use.

If you are a prospective student who has applied to the university, email careers at warwick dot ac dot uk to get an access PIN.

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