What is postgraduate study?
Difference between undergraduate and postgraduate study
Unsure where to start? See our short guide to get a sense of the differences between undergraduate and postgraduate study.
If you would like to undertake in-depth research for an MPhil or PhD, or our new Masters by Research qualification, find out more about the types of research qualifications we offer at Exeter on our research degrees page.
We offer a wide range of Masters degrees and other taught programmes, whether you want to deepen your existing knowledge, take up something new or enhance your career prospects. More information is available on our taught programmes page.
Benefits of postgraduate study
Postgraduate study can be pursued purely for a love of the subject and learning; but a postgraduate degree can also help you to stand out from the crowd. Recent research suggests it can help you to get your foot on – and move up – the career ladder.
Postgraduates are more likely to be employed within six months of graduating than undergraduates and are less likely to be jobless (What Do Graduates Do? HECSU, 2013). What's more, average earnings for Masters degree holders are £5,500 more a year – or more than £200,000 over a 40 year working life – than someone only holding a Bachelor’s degree (The Sutton Trust, 2013).