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Planning for postgraduate study

Planning for Postgraduate Study


Planning for postgraduate study1

Planning for Postgraduate Study

  • Why Postgraduate Study?

  • Types of Courses

  • Timing & Location

  • How Much?

  • Applications

  • Studying Abroad


Why postgraduate study

Why Postgraduate Study?

  • What are your goals?

    • Career objectives / plans

    • Employment prospects

    • Interest in the academic area / academia

    • Professional requirement

    • Convert to a new area

    • Uncertainty/recommendation of others

  • Key issues you need to think about…

    • Sufficient motivation

    • Academic ability, suitability and your needs

    • Time and money


Types of postgraduate courses

Types of Postgraduate Courses

  • Taught versus Research degrees

  • Taught Grad Diplomas/Masters degrees

    • Full-time/part-time/bloc release

    • Conversion courses

    • Development of an academic specialism

    • Entry requirements vary (2.2 Hons. plus)

  • Research degrees

    • Entry requirements: usually 1st & 2nd Class Hons. degrees

    • Full-time and part-time

    • May include some taught elements (methodology, etc)

    • Research proposal and plan

    • Masters: 1-3 years (60,000 words); PhD: 3-5 years (100,000)


Converting your degree

Converting your degree

  • Study for a PG Diploma

  • Allow you to “convert” to a new discipline

  • Something completely different

    OR

  • May compliment your degree

    • e.g. social care to speech therapy

    • e.g. science to medical school


Timing and location

Timing and Location

  • When to study

    • After your first degree … easiest time

    • After a break

    • After working full-time

    • While still working full or part-time

  • Where to study

    • In Ireland: Limerick or elsewhere

    • Overseas: planning and timeframe

    • Advantages/disadvantages of moving institution

    • Personal/professional considerations


Evaluate what is on offer

Type of course

Number of places

Selection criteria

Closing date

Employment record

Fees and finance

Size of Department

Research interests

Type of supervision

Facilities

Inside story

Publishing rights

Evaluate what is on offer


How much

How much?

  • Tuition Fees - €2,500 - €27,000 depending on your discipline and institution

  • ICT Courses covered by the Graduate Skills Conversion Programme - €1,600

  • Higher Education Grants & VEC Scholarships apply for full-time approved Postgrad courses of 1 year or more

    Ireland & Northern Ireland ONLY

    More information: www.studentfinance.ie


Applications

Applications

  • Apply directly to the institution using their official Postgrad application form

  • Ensure you have the necessary documentation – references, transcripts etc.

  • Some Universities use www.pac.ie for on-line applications (DCU, NUI Galway, UCC and DIT)

  • Success often based on an interview

  • Closing Dates vary – December to June

    • e.g. PGDE – 1st December

    • Majority are February to June but refer directly


Postgraduate diploma in education

Postgraduate Diploma in Education

Option 1

  • NUI Colleges – UCC, NUI Maynooth, NUI Galway, UCD

  • Apply through www.pac.ie

  • Closing Date: 1st December

    Option 2

  • Postgrad Diploma in Education in DCU, UL & Trinity

  • Apply directly

  • Closing Dates : early March

    Option 3

  • Primary Teaching – starts in January, closing date November

    Option 4

  • PGCE in the UK

  • Apply through – www.gttr.ac.uk

  • Closing Dates: 1st Dec (Primary) Ongoing (Secondary)


Studying abroad

Studying abroad

Advantages:

  • Exposure to new learning environments and cultures

  • Use of research libraries in key locations – for example London

  • Opportunity to meet and study with overseas students at post graduate level

  • Contact and network building


Planning for postgraduate study

UK

  • Few closing dates for applications except medicine, law & teacher training

  • Selection often based on interview

  • Places filled on a first come basis

  • Costs - £3,000 - £6,000 tuition

  • Search for courses :

    www.prospects.ac.uk


Postgraduate study usa

Postgraduate Study USA

Application Procedure

  • Research Universities

    • Check directories and websites (www.petersons.com)

    • Check Fulbright website

  • Select realistic choice: 3-7

  • Request Application Material ($30 - $100 fee)

  • Register for Tests GRE, GMAT

  • Compile application material

    • Statement of Purpose (Fulbright guidelines)

    • Transcripts

    • References: 2/3

    • Complete application and apply for financial aid

  • Check visa requirements (US Embassy website)


Funding for postgraduate study overseas

Funding for Postgraduate Study Overseas

  • UK

    • British Council, Research Councils

    • Student Awards Agency for Scotland

    • Scholarships for Irish graduates

  • Europe

    • Government-funded International Scholarships

    • Marie Curie Foundation

    • German Academic Exchange Scholarships

    • College of Europe, European University Institute

  • USA

    • Fulbright Awards

    • O’Reilly Foundation; John F Kennedy Fund

    • University Scholarships and Assistantships

      • E.g. Conlisk MBA Scholarship


Where to look

Where to look

  • Ireland:

    • www.postgradireland.com

    • www.qualifax.ie

  • UK:

    • www.prospects.ac.uk

    • www.gttr.ac.uk

  • Australia & New Zealand

    • www.studyoptions.com

  • USA:

    • www.petersons.com

    • www.fulbright.ie


Sources of information

Sources of Information

  • www.lit.ie/careers

  • www.postgradireland.com

  • www.pac.ie

  • www.hea.ie

  • www.prospects.ac.uk

  • www.educationlink.org

  • www.britishcouncil.org

  • www.fulbright.ie

  • www.fulbright.co.uk

  • www.eurograduate.com

  • www.petersons.com

  • www.idp.com


Contact details

Contact Details

Joanne Holland

Careers Office

Block 12

Tel: 061 208295

Email: [email protected]


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