In this competitive day and age where an employment opportunity depends majorly upon your qualifications and experience, postgraduate programs have become important to students. Holding a postgraduate degree helps and enables a student to have in depth knowledge of a particular subject they want to specialise in their career. This gives them an advantage to stand out academically, making them more approachable by employers, due to their higher degree and experience. That being said, choosing a postgraduate course or program to study is a task in itself. We at My Admission India offer counselling sessions that will help you make the right decision, at this new yet thrilling stage in your career. There are varied universities to choose from depending on the subject you would like to specialise in that is in sync with the job options you aspire for. Let’s go ahead and we will discuss more about how you can apply for a master’s degree and what the necessary requirements are.
WHAT IS POSTGRADUATE COURSE ?
A Postgraduate course is basically a Master’s degree which an interested student can apply for once he/she has completed a Bachelor’s degree. It is an advanced level of study where one can specialise, retrain and develop new skills in an efficient way, compared to the basic knowledge you have gained in your undergraduate course. Armed with an in depth knowledge of the subject it is easier to find jobs in related fields. This study will assign thesis or dissertation to be completed by students as a part of the coursework. The duration of the course will largely depend upon the kind of Master’s degree one enrols into.
Types of Postgraduate Degree
Well, now that you have a basic concept about a Postgraduate course you should also know that there are two main kinds of postgraduate degrees a student can apply for, namely Taught Masters and Research Masters. Let us see how they differ from each other.
A Taught Master’s degree usually takes place over one or two years and it mostly involves the completion of a dissertation or project. It follows a similar module of programs like that of a graduate degree following a set timetable of seminars, lectures and other related activities. You will be responsible for studying in your free time independently, but you will be lead through the course by the academics in charge of your course.
If you are looking at gaining advanced subject knowledge and additional qualification before taking up an employment option, then applying for a full-time Taught Master’s course would suit you best. There are few criteria you will require to fulfil before being eligible to enrol in this program. The required criteria are as follows:
An interested student should have completed a Bachelor’s degree, based on the course of study he/she wishes to specialise in the Master’s degree.
A student should appear for other entrance tests such as GMAT, GRE, or any other depending upon the course of study and the institute a student applies to.
A Research Master’s degree involves independent research, so it is often referred to as doctorates. They are mainly aimed at students who are interested in progressing towards PhD. Doctorates can be taken after a master’s degree or, in some cases, after a bachelor’s degree, during which the master’s is usually earned along the way. This study is generally completed over a period of two to four years. Another feature of this course is students have total independence in their module of study, as there are very limited timetabled sessions and focus of the study will be made through one or more extended projects. You will have an expert supervisor support who will guide you from time to time, but you will be in charge of your own research work throughout the program.
If you have a keen interest in academic research or would like to opt for a profession involving research, then applying for a Research Master’s degree would be best for you. As this course allows you to gain associated research skills, there will be an added advantage if you are looking forward to pursue a PhD as well. Before taking up this course there are few eligibility criteria which are as follows:
A Bachelor’s degree is a pre-requisite to opt for a Master’s degree.
A student will have to clear entrance examinations such as GMAT, GRE or any other as required by the institute applied for admissions and the course of study.
Having shared this, we believe it has given you a better idea of which program would be the right choice for you, based on your interest of study. However, there are cases where students want something different than the time-intensive courses while at the same time want to enhance their knowledge through an advance postgraduate study. To serve that purpose, students have the option of taking up a course called Postgraduate Diploma. A Postgraduate Diploma is a shorter version of a Master’s degree, while giving a student the same level of qualification. The Master’s degree will consist of programs that will be made up of 180 credits, while a Postgraduate diploma would be made up of 120 credits.
There are a variety of vocational and academic courses an interested student can apply for, in both Master’s degree and Postgraduate diploma. Here are a few of the courses that could interest you:
Creative arts and design.
Now all you have to do is pick a course based on your choice of study or profession and you can start applying for a Master’s degree or Postgraduate degree of your convenience. Before you take that step, we will share with you the basic requirements that are necessary before application. They are:
Basic requirements before applying
Documents like Schooling Pass Certificate, Identity Proof (ID) and any other certificates.
Counselling (for course selection and choice of university or institute) is available for students who wish to have a clearer picture of the course they wish to pursue or university they wish to apply to and those who need any assistance in making that choice.