Now your undergraduate studies have come to an end you may be wondering what to do next.
For many of you, the main choices will be whether to spend another year studying for your Master’s, undertake a research degree or to leave student life behind for a while to get that job you’ve been preparing for and start earning!
Now more than ever, all options are a real possibility.
Figures show that 92.3%* of BU’s undergraduates are employed (or in further study) within six months of leaving, which highlights just how much you’re going to be valued in the workplace by employers – check out these alumni success stories for some motivation!
Many employers also realise that an employee with a postgraduate degree will bring with them specialist knowledge which they can share with colleagues, along with new ideas for their organisation. These may be some of the reasons Master’s students across the working age population earn an additional £6,000 per year compared to graduates, (according to 2016 UK Graduate Labour Market Statistics) and why 91%* of students are in work or study six months after graduating from their postgraduate degree.
For those of you considering postgraduate study, the variety of postgraduate courses (including conversion courses if refocusing on another industry or area of expertise is on your mind), as well as the UK Government’s investment in postgraduate student loans of up to £10,609 (UK and EU students) makes doing your Master’s while you’re still in an academic mind-set, more of a reality than ever.
If being in the lab is more your thing, there's also good news on the finance front for postgraduate researchers, with new loans of up to £25,000 available to Postgraduate Doctoral students starting a course from 1 August 2018. Check out out the postgraduate research study options available at BU.
As a university, we’re thrilled that the Government now better recognises both the cost and the value of postgraduate education – something we’ve always done. That’s why we offer a range of financial support like non-repayable scholarships worth up to £2,000 (UK/EU students) or half your tuition fee (non-EU students), a 20% discount on tuition fees for BU graduates and guaranteed accommodation to students who have secured their place by 16 August 2018.
Many of our undergrads have chosen to return to BU to do their Master’s – both straight after their undergrad studies or after working for a few years. Watch Luke’s video below on why he stayed at BU, and check out these student blogs by Nathan and Amber.
Postgraduate Open Day: 18 July
You can find out more about our courses, the benefits of postgraduate study, chat to lecturers - and enjoy some coffee and cake - at our next Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 18 July, 2-5pm - book online now.
*Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2016