If you’ve set your sights on achieving a postgraduate qualification often the first decision you’ll encounter is whether to study for a master’s degree or a postgraduate diploma (PGDip).
There are lots of ways to compare and contrast the two but, before doing that, it’s worth discovering what they can offer individually. We’ve picked the seven best reasons to enrol in a PGDip...
Value For Money
The average cost of a PGDip is between £5000 and £7000. In comparison, a master’s degree is likely to set you back between £6000 and £9000.
It’s important to remember that these course fees do vary dramatically depending on the subject you choose but you’re likely to see a saving. After completion, the extra few thousand pounds you may have saved choosing a PGDip will be very welcome indeed.
If you’re considering a PGDip you’re probably keen to get into the world of work as soon as possible and a PGDip can be completed in as little as nine months. The course will give you the extra skills you need to progress without a huge time commitment.
But although they take less time, PGDips are generally considered to be almost on par with master’s degrees – a completed PGDip is worth 120 credits and a master’s equates to 180 credits.
There are a huge range of PGDips to choose from. Whatever your niche or specialism, the likelihood is there will be a course relevant to your career goals.
PGDips are far less research focussed than most other postgraduate qualifications. This means that not only do you not have to complete a dissertation – good news if you’ve recently handed in your last one – but you’ll also spend far more time translating what you’re learning into important real world skills.
Although academic at its core, a PGDip sets you up to launch quickly into a new career.
Most PGDip’s are vocational, preparing you for a specific job at the end of it. The purpose of a PGDip s to give you all the information and skills you need to start a new career.
This means you’ll be fully prepared to start your chosen profession on leaving the course, and the qualification makes you a very attractive candidate to potential employers.
Like most postgraduate qualifications PGDips have the option of being completed on a full or part-time basis.
The benefit of a PGDip is that even if you decided to undertake part-time studying, the course could still be completed within 18 months, allowing you to quickly start using your new found knowledge to progress in the world of work.
New Career Prospects
PGDips offer the opportunity to begin a new career even if you have previously worked in another sector.
For example, if you studied nutrition at university but had your heart set on law, a PGDip would allow you to deviate from your original degree and give you the skills you need to progress in that field.
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