Thinking about Postgraduate Study?

Find out more about Sheffield Hallam's scholarships and bursaries on the corporate website here.

Postgraduate courses include Postgraduate diplomas and certificates (shorter than a full Masters degree), Masters degrees, PhDs and other Professional courses. Additionally, Conversion Courses enable you to 'convert' your first degree so you can pursue a specific career path.

It's worth considering that a large proportion of students complete postgraduate courses part-time whilst working each year. This can be a helpful option if you're considering professional qualifications as you can build relevant work experience whilst also working towards professional qualifications.

Researching courses:

  • Work out what you want to gain from further study and thoroughly research courses to check course content, structure, assessment methods, employer links, course reputation etc:
  • Use job profiles to identify qualifications required for specific areas of work, ask potential employers about their preferences in terms of qualifications and experience, research typical routes into academia for your discipline (have a look at An Academic Career)

  • visit institutions and make contact with academic staff to get a 'feel' for both the department and the university

  • check social media and gather student feedback on courses

  • find out employment destinations of previous students (you may have to contact the university careers service and ask them if this information isn't readily available)

  • Postgraduate requires greater self-direction, motivation, resilience and persistence than undergraduate study - think about how this fits with your learning style -

Issues to consider:

  • Which course would be the best fit for my interests/longer-term career options?

  • Is it the right time to do this, or do I want to work for one or two years first?

  • What are the entry requirements and am I likely to meet them? (ring the institution if you're unsure about this

  • What modes of study are available? (part-time, full-time, distance learning)

  • Will I be able to obtain funding?

  • employment prospects?

  • How do I apply?


  • look at each individual course and individual institution for how to apply
  • there may be application deadlines for applying for funding and if the course is popular and competitive

  • you may require an application form or CV and cover letter or both, a research proposal for research degrees and portfolio for more creative courses

  • provide information and evidence to support your application

  • make an appointment to get support in making your application and preparing for the interview


Funding sources

This is a complex area; you may need to obtain advice as sources vary according to course and institution. Sources of funding include:

  • Research Councils
  • studentships and scholarships
  • UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme  - Government-backed Masters loans of up to £10,280 (due to increase to £10,609 for students starting in 2018-19).
  • employer sponsorship
  • professional and career development loan
  • disability related support
  • university bursaries
  • trusts and charities
  • teaching assistantships
  • bank loans
  • part time work

Postgraduate study at Sheffield Hallam University

  • Postgraduate progression scholarships: if you are thinking about postgraduate study at Sheffield Hallam University, you could qualify for a bursary towards your tuition fees. Find out about the latest information available and more funding information.
  • Have a look at the new PhD portal on the website which gives essential advice on all aspects of applying for a PhD

Postgraduate study abroad

  • Look at the Prospects study abroad checklist and TARGETjobs guide to studying abroad
  • Create a shortlist of suitable countries; Prospects and TARGETJobs has detailed information on study within the EU and overseas. If you are not confident enough to study in another language, are there courses within universities in that country which teach courses in English?
  • For study in the USA, the Fulbright Commission has information on applying for courses, including funding information 
  • Interested in studying in Australia/New Zealand? Study Options has information on finding courses and how to apply.
  • Use our suggested links to find out more about funding postgraduate study 
  • ERASMUS and Funding: a new loans system is available for students to study Masters courses in Europe, 12,000 Euros FOR 1 year or 18,000 Euros for 2 years. Details here.
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Friday, January 17, 2020 - 15:20