Postgraduate study concerns
Can I afford it?
We get it, the thought of scrimping and saving like your former 18-year-old student self, doesn’t appeal to you (did it ever?). Well fortunately funding your masters has become a lot easier with the new postgraduate loans.
You can borrow up to £10,000 to help fund full-time or part-time masters. This covers course fees and helps with living costs so hopefully we can keep the student diet of beans on toast as a fond but nonetheless unappealing memory. There are also many other areas of funding and many different bursaries and scholarships to apply for.
When will I have the time?
Balancing work/life and study can be tricky, you may have a full time job or children to think about too. That’s why many of our courses have flexible study options. You could do your Masters part time or by online distance learning to help you fit study around work and family commitments.
Competition is fierce for some funding, so apply early so you don’t miss out!
Where will I live?
Don’t fancy moving? You’re in luck! Birmingham has three train stations and as a central midlands line there are hundreds of routes available making it very easy to commute. However, if you wish to live in student accommodation, Birmingham City University offers safe and secure accommodation that’s affordable for everyone. With various locations around the city, our halls of residence and university approved accommodation are near to our campuses, ensuring you’re ideally located for both your studies and your personal life. All international students are guaranteed accommodation, as long as you have accepted your offer of a course place three months prior to the Friday before international orientation week.
Can I have a part-time/vacation job?
Once you’ve left university, got a job and perhaps a mortgage, doing a postgraduate degree can be financially challenging – which is why part-time work could be your best solution. Future employers see part-time study as evidence of good time-management skills and commitment. When considering a full time masters, working a few shifts a week to have some extra income, really shouldn't affect your studies or your lifestyle much at all - many students do this.
Will it improve my career prospects?
Finding it hard to climb the career ladder? Stuck in a job you hate? A Master’s degree could be the opportunity that catapults you towards your dream career (whilst simultaneously boosting your bank balance). Whether it’s a step up the career ladder or a change of career path you’re after, the skills and qualities you develop during your postgraduate degree will enhance your CV and help you stand out in a highly competitive job market.
You might choose to upgrade your skills through a higher qualification in your field, or use a program such as an MBA to make a move towards management. There are also some fields in which a postgraduate qualification is required to gain professional registration, such as architecture and psychology.