What to consider when choosing a postgraduate degree
Shaun HutchinsJune 24, 2019
As with any decision, the first step is always the hardest. The same can be said about deciding to undertake a postgraduate degree. Now that you have taken that step, you may be wondering where to go from here.
We have put together some factors that you should consider before choosing which postgraduate course to do, so that you can get the most out of your decision.
The outcome you want
Before you have decided on what course you want to complete, it is best to reflect on what outcome you hope to achieve with the qualification. The how and the why can play a large role in your decision. How will you use this qualification? Why do you need this qualification? These factors will help you in narrowing down the right course for your needs.
If you are looking to change roles or industries, it is worth doing a bit of research on the industry you are considering. By doing this you can identify if the industry is seeing growth or decline, understand the skills required (and if there is a course that will provide those skills) and see what career growth opportunities may be available.
You may be looking at progressing in your current field or may even just want to study for the love of learning. Either way, your choice of course will provide you with the skills and qualification to get you where you want to go.
Understanding your time commitments
Identifying how much time you can commit to a postgraduate degree plays a vital part in the selection of your course. As most postgraduate degrees range between 1.5 to 2 years of study, it is well worth taking the time to calculate how much time you can commit to the course.
If you find you are unable to commit to the study requirements of a Master’s degree, there are other options available in the form of graduate certificates and graduate diploma’s. These courses offer their own benefits and advantages for postgraduate studies. With the same units as a Master’s degree and being shorter in duration with a lower barrier to entry, they can be a perfect alternative to match your commitment levels.
Plan your finances
It is a known fact that postgraduate study can be a costly endeavour. It is therefore best practice to research what costs are involved and payment options that are on offer. These options can range from payment plans and help loans to scholarships.
Understanding the cost involved and what options are available will play a part in your overall decision to undertake a postgraduate degree, so take your time in planning it out. By calculating the return on investment, you will be able to identify whether it is the right choice for you.
Get in touch
Contacting Swinburne Online directly is an excellent way to gather all the information that you are looking for. It allows you the opportunity to ask any questions that you have or clarify any concerns you may have around choosing the right course.
Some of the information that is provided to students via direct contact focuses on how students can fit online study into their busy lives and support around managing course loads, navigating the study tools and accessing their course materials.