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Studying a postgraduate degree can seem like a big commitment, but it’s a commitment that could benefit you in many ways in the long run. Here are some of the reasons you should consider studying a postgraduate degree.


A lot of people approach a postgraduate degree with other commitments in their lives. Whether it’s work or family, finding the time can be a concern. The good news is that at the University of Chester we have a number of study options that offer a flexible approach, so you can study in a way that works best for you.

In addition to our full-time courses, we have an extensive choice of part-time and flexible study options that allow you to achieve a professional qualification around your existing commitments.

Financial support

If your course starts on or after 1st August 2022 you can apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,836. Currently, you only start making repayments once your income is over the current threshold of £403 a week, £1,750 a month or £21,000 per year. Also, the University of Chester offers postgraduate bursaries and scholarships you may be eligible for.

Furthermore, graduates of the University of Chester may be eligible for a 25% discount against qualifying full-priced postgraduate taught Master’s courses through our Graduate Loyalty Discount.

Improved Employability

A postgraduate degree can be a huge benefit to your CV and boost your career options in the long-term. Postgraduate degrees are highly regarded by UK employers, with postgraduates having higher rates of employment than graduates and non-graduates – as reflected in the government’s Graduate labour market statistics 2021.

It also shows that postgraduates are more likely to be in high-skilled employment such as professional and managerial roles. The stats show that almost 77% of working-age postgraduates were in high-skilled employment compared to nearly 65% of working-age graduates.

Higher long-term earning potential

Alongside improved employability, a postgraduate degree can also lead to improved salary potential. The Graduate labour market statistics 2021 also reports that on average full-time employed, working-age postgraduates earn on average £6,000 more per year than graduates, with average salaries of £42,000 and £36,000 respectively.

The ability to specialise

Postgraduate degrees can also give you the chance to improve your expertise in your field and in some careers postgraduate degrees are essential. Depending on what your career aspirations are, you may have to complete a specific postgraduate qualification to apply for jobs. For example, if you want to be a secondary teacher, you’ll need to study a PGCE or School Direct course.

The option to switch careers

It’s also a great opportunity to shift gears and take your career in a new direction. You may have been working in the same job for a while and you’re looking for a new challenge or to try something completely different.

Further explore your passion

A postgraduate degree doesn’t have to be about progressing or changing your careers though. It’s also a great way of exploring areas you’re passionate about or learning more about a range of specific subjects you’re interested in. You also get the bonus of meeting new people and studying alongside like-minded peers through the University of Chester’s focus on social learning.


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