Leaving for the big, wide, post-uni world can seem daunting. James Rawlings looks at the advantages of staying at university and what it can offer.
Final year of undergraduate study? It doesn’t have to mean having to leave university.
More students are choosing to stay on at university to continue education.
The benefits are apparent – with more people entering the job market with a first degree, a second higher education qualification can offer the extra edge.
Choosing where to study is problematic though.
For those choosing to stay at Swansea University, a post-graduate Open Day is being held on Wednesday 14 November, designed to be an introduction to postgraduate study.
Sorting out an application is the most important thing according to Jenny Clarke, Postgraduate Student Recruitment Officer: “Getting information
early is the most important thing. Students should be coming along and thinking about this as early as possible.”
Among other activities on the day, there will also be an opportunity to meet current postgraduate students who will be able to speak about the
exciting opportunities offered by postgraduate study.
Wayne Hartley, MSc in Medical Radiation Physics student, explains how important the postgrad open days are for prospective students:
“During the Postgraduate Open Day, you get to talk to coordinators who can explain exactly what their course is all about and give you the
opportunity to ask questions.”
Alex Rees, a MA Welsh Writing in English student, said: “I have already learned more about my chosen subject than I gained from the whole year
I spent on it in my undergrad dissertation.
“Every postgrad has their own ‘journey’ to take to get here and to continue on to the word-crunching end.”
Rhiannon Bevan, a MSc Environmental Biology student says: “I really felt that I have been in good, like-minded company. The intensity of the work is one of my favourite aspects of the masters course.”
To book a place at the Postgraduate Open Day visit http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/open-days/.