Choosing to study a postgraduate degree is a decision that requires a lot of thought. Here are some common misconceptions about postgraduate study which we hope will help to reassure you when making your decision.
1. True or False: "You can only go into a field that is related to your course".
You can gain so many transferable skills by studying at postgraduate level. Our graduates go on to study in many different fields, some of which are not related to the discipline they began studying in. For example, our History of Art graduates go into a wide variety of different roles. From Public Relations to working for companies such as Cath Kidston, the Victoria & Albert Museum and Bodleian Library.
2. "Postgraduate study is mainly funded by employers".
There are many postgraduate students who are self-funding, wanting to invest in themselves for their career or simply to fuel their passions. There are many ways that you can fund a postgraduate degree. Postgraduate loans and scholarships are available to support your studies.
PhD Classics and Ancient History
“I got into Classics because of the film, 'Gladiator' and the TV series, 'Rome', which isn't the way you're supposed to get into Classics! I watched those films and TV series and just fell in love. My PhD topic is on the perception of Roman Spectacular Entertainment from the Republic all the way up to the 21st century.”
3. "Returning to study requires undergraduate knowledge".
Returning to study does not mean you require undergraduate knowledge in your chosen postgraduate degree. Your experience could have come from your current career, or you could simply want to explore new opportunities or feed your passion!
4. "Clubs and Societies are only for undergraduates".
Clubs and societies are for everyone!
There are over 500 student groups, societies and associations to choose from. Whether you are interested in volunteering, joining a sports team or academic group, there is something to suit all interests. Societies can also help you gain new skills which could just help you land your dream career.
5. "You have to train in the exact area you want to go into to be successful".
The skills and knowledge that you gain during postgraduate study can be applied within your chosen career path. You don't need to be sure of the exact area you want to go into for postgraduate study to benefit you. Annabel did her PhD research in Thermoplastic materials/Polymers. She now works with composite materials, which isn’t knowledge she had before starting her career.
6. "You can't return to postgraduate study after a period of work".
False! Returning to study at postgraduate level is rewarding for people of all ages, backgrounds and careers. Whether you have been in work for some time, or are looking for a new venture in retirement, postgraduate study can help you progress your career, discover a new passion or nurture a life-long interest.