Student walking with text: your next steps - information for final year students

Considering postgraduate study?

A postgraduate qualification can help you stand out from the crowd, enhance your career prospects and boost your earnings. Many students opt to undertake postgraduate study to further develop subject knowledge, step onto the employment ladder at a higher level or change direction and embark on a new career in law, medicine, education or IT.

If you are unsure about what to do next, a postgraduate course will give you more time to help you decide and enable you to clarify the exact area you want to move into.

Talk to us

It’s easy to get bewildered by the wide range of postgraduate courses on offer. Discussing your career objectives and postgraduate study ideas with an adviser can help to focus your search for the course that’s right for you. If you have already decided on the course, our advisers can provide tailored feedback and advice on personal statements for postgraduate applications to help you effectively demonstrate your motivation and suitability for your chosen course to admissions tutors. To book an appointment, email careers@ljmu.ac.uk or call 0151 231 2048/3719.

Other resources

For further information about different course and funding options, download our handy guides on postgraduate study, applications and PhDs from the resources page of the Careers website.

Funding

Postgraduate loans are available for students on higher level courses. See our helpful postgraduate funding pages for assistance.

Additional postgraduate funding options include employer sponsorship, part-time study combined with working or charitable trusts and foundations. Check the Prospects website for further details.

How and when to apply 

The majority of applications are made directly to the institutions concerned; however, some vocational courses such as teaching, law and social work require applications to be made via a central admissions service, which will restrict the number of courses you can apply to and will usually stipulate a particular closing date. Not all courses have a closing date; however, it is still highly recommended that you do your research well in advance as some courses fill up very quickly and may have particular entry requirements i.e. relevant work experience. Applications (or enquiries) regarding PhDs/ Masters by research should ideally be made around Christmas time; the earlier your application, the more likely it is to attract funding.


Alumni discount and international scholarships

As an LJMU home graduate you can benefit from a 20% tuition fee reduction with our alumni award and, if you are an international graduate, you can benefit from our scholarships.

To discover more about postgraduate opportunities, call 0151 231 5090, or visit our postgraduate study section.