Benefits of postgraduate study – what our students say

Studying a postgraduate degree at the University of Bradford is a big investment in your future. It allows you to gain higher level qualifications, advance your skills and improve your employability.

Don’t just take our word for it. No one knows about the pros of postgraduate life quite like our students.

Here are five benefits of postgraduate study, based on the experiences of the University of Bradford students, past and present.

Diverse learning environment

“I think Bradford does a really great job of balancing theory and practice, and giving the students the opportunity to pause, reflect and refine ideas – and then immediately start practising those ideas” Will McInerney

Will was an MA Conflict Resolution student who came to the University of Bradford on a Rotary Peace Fellowship. His research was focused on the potential role of spoken word poetry education in men’s violence prevention programmes.

One of Will’s favourite things about studying his master’s at Bradford was being able to interact with and learn from students and academics from a diverse range of backgrounds, who shared his vision of wanting to make the world a better place.

Find out more about Will’s postgraduate experience here

Gain specialist knowledge and experience

“Without my master’s course, I wouldn’t have got my job.” – Keeley Hirst

After completing an undergraduate degree in Archaeological Science at the University of Bradford, Keeley went on to complete a master’s in Forensic Archaeology and Crime Scene Investigation.

She choose to do postgraduate study to delve deeper into the field of forensic archaeology, which she discovered a passion for during her final year as an undergraduate. After graduating, she was able to find work as a Crime Scene Investigator for West Yorkshire Police and credits her postgraduate degree for equipping her with the specialist knowledge and experience needed to secure this role.

Find out more about Keeley’s postgraduate journey here

Access to cutting-edge technology

“The Department has large, well-equipped teaching laboratories, with an extensive range of modern, sophisticated instrumentation.” – Billy Chabalenge

Billy graduated from the University of Bradford in 2019 with a master’s in Pharmaceutical Technology and Medicines Control.

One of the most beneficial aspects of his postgraduate course was the opportunity to be hands-on and use cutting-edge technology which he did not have access to back home in Zambia.

He now works as a Registration Officer for Zambia’s Medicines Regulatory Authority and hopes to return to Bradford to complete a PhD and move one step closer to achieving his goal of working for the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Find out more about Billy’s postgraduate experience here

Freedom and flexibility

“I’ve found my time at Bradford interesting, creative and very rewarding” – Natasha Micic

It was the state-of-the-art computer labs that first attracted Natasha Micic to the University of Bradford as a BSc Computational Mathematics student.

With her undergraduate degree complete, she’s stepped into the exciting world of postgraduate research as a Computer Science PhD student, specialising in big data analytics.

Her favourite things about Bradford include the enthusiasm and approachability of staff, as well as the freedom and flexibility that comes with being able to access most of her research materials remotely.

Find out more about Natasha’s postgraduate journey here

Excellent student support

“I cannot explain enough how excellent the service they [MyBradford – student support] give for international students is. They are very responsive, very kind and they are ready to go out of their way to help you.” – Said Tamimullah Said Lal Shah

Said came to Bradford with a clear goal – to gain the specialist knowledge needed to submit plans to the Afghanistan government for the expansion of the largest hydropower dam in the country.

Said has benefited from access to specialist facilities such as the Water Lab, where he’s been able to experiment and advance his understanding of civil and structural engineering. However, his favourite thing about studying at Bradford is the student support, in particular the Careers and Employability Service, where he’s received guidance in creating a CV, looking for jobs and preparing for interviews.

Find out more about Said’s postgraduate experience here

It’s clear that there are a multitude of benefits to be reaped from studying a postgraduate course. So whatever your reasons are for considering further study, you can be rest assured that postgraduate study at Bradford will provide you with a stimulating and fulfilling educational experience.

Take a look at our taught courses and research degrees to find out more.

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