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 by Mark Bennett
, posted on 2 Jan '20

New Year, New (Postgraduate) You! – Why a Masters Could be the Perfect Resolution for 2020

Happy New Year! Hopefully you've had a chance to relax over the holidays, exchange a few gifts, see some friends, perhaps even get on with a bit of coursework. . . But what about those New Year's resolutions? Are you planning on eating less? Drinking less? Exercising more? Avoiding the internet?

Well, we can't help you with any of those. Especially the last one. Sorry.

But we can do something much, much better. We can help create a totally new you: you, with a Masters degree!

This new postgraduate-you is improved in all sorts of ways: they're an expert in finding obscure library books, they can nail obscure academic referencing systems and they're brilliant at obscure pub quiz questions (directly related to their subject area).They also have even more letters after their name.

Postgraduate-you is also improved in a few other, slightly less obscure, ways. Let's take a look at some of them.

Postgraduate-you waits for no one

The best New Year's resolutions tend to get started more or less immediately a) because it's in the name and b) because giving up chocolate 'in six months' isn't going to impress anyone.

But starting a Masters doesn't have to mean waiting until September. In fact, over 8,000 of the courses on FindAMasters begin in the Spring term, between January and June - perfect if postgraduate-you is also an impatient-you.

If you do need a bit more time to get ready for a Masters, you could spend the first part of 2020 preparing for postgraduate study. We reckon that still counts - and we've got plenty of advice to help.

Postgraduate-you can stay in the UK for longer after an international Masters (or PhD)

This is the big change for 2020, at least so far as international students are concerned. The new graduate route post-work study visa will launch for people starting a UK course in 2020. It will allow you to stay in the UK for up to two years after completing a Masters or PhD.

We'll be sending updates about this new visa as it gets ready to launch – make sure you're subscribed.

Postgraduate-you can start getting a Masters done, regardless of how Brexit gets done

Did you end 2019 worried that Brexit would restrict your study abroad opportunities? Or that you'd pay more to study in the UK as an EU student?

Postgraduate-you has reasons to be fairly confident. Brexit may be getting done, but it may not have a substantial impact on Masters study abroad this year.

The UK Government has put guarantees in place for EU students starting degrees at British universities in the 2020-21 academic year, meaning that you'll pay the same fees and have access to the same funding throughout your Masters.

Achieving a deal by the end of January (as is the new UK Government's plan) may also help the remaining EU countries clarify their policies for UK citizens beginning a Masters abroad in Europe this year. We'll be updating our Brexit FAQ with new information soon.

Postgraduate-you speaks at least 1.3 languages

Language learning is a fairly popular New Year's resolution, right? Well, how about bundling that in with your Masters?

It's surprisingly common for universities to offer optional language courses to postgraduate students. You don't necessarily need to be studying abroad to take advantage of these (some institutions provide them as broad skills and development opportunities) but taking your Masters in another country will almost certainly help boost your language learning.

A Masters is fairly time-consuming, but we think you'll have enough time to expand your vocabulary a little (and improve your CV in the process).

Postgraduate-you knows things other people don't even know they don't know

. . .things like Scandinavian Studies, Poultry Keeping, Scholastic Philosophy, Serology and Actuarial Science.

All of these are real postgraduate specialisms (even Serology: it's to do with antibodies) and they're just some of the hundreds available to browse here on our website.

So, if your 2020 resolution is to spend a (the) year learn new skills or become an expert in a new topic. . . well, a Masters actually is just about the best way to do that.

Postgraduate-you is moving up the ladder

We can't promise that you'll earn more with a Masters degree (though you might) but postgraduate study can be an excellent way to change your career prospects in 2020.

That could mean preparing for a specific job with a professional Masters degree. Or, if your current job and qualifications aren't satisfying you, a conversion course could open the door to totally different opportunities.

Postgraduate-you can see into the future (of postgraduate study)

The best resolutions are well-planned - and that goes double when preparing for a Masters. Our free newsletter will keep you updated about funding changes, new study opportunities and everything else postgraduate-you needs to stay on top of.

We’ve even put together a handy calendar of application deadlines for Masters funding in 2020.

Postgraduate-you probably has access to more postgraduate funding than they realise

Funding for further study used to be relatively hard to find. But not for postgraduate-you in 2020.

If you're starting a Masters this year you'll have access to student loans across the UK as well as a range of other funding options, from digital crowdfunding to employer sponsorship. We’ve also covered some of the main sources of funding for international students.

Postgraduate-you may just change the world

Most New Year's resolutions involve personal targets: eating less chocolate, eating less meat, eating more vegetables, spending less time worrying about what you eat.

But postgraduate-you can think bigger. A lot bigger.

A Masters degree will provide the highest level of training available in your subject. That can provide a platform for all sorts of things, including making an original contribution to that subject through a PhD.

And a PhD really can change the world, whether it's the world of Microbiology, or Eighteenth-Century Literature.

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