by January Starts
, posted on 10 Dec '20

From Plan B to Master Plan – Reconsidering Postgraduate Study

Maria's story. . .

A year ago, postgraduate study really wasn’t something Maria had thought about. Not properly, anyway. There had been some talk of Masters degrees in her subject and, sure, the chance to explore more of the detailed independent work she’d really enjoyed in her third year was kind of appealing.

But it wasn’t part of The Plan.

The Plan was to get uni done, go abroad for a week with her friends and celebrate, then knuckle down to a job search: check out some graduate schemes, go to a few job fairs. Get started with life.

It was a good plan. But then 2020 happened.

Well, Maria, worked hard, got her degree finished, even took part in a digital graduation (better than expected, tbh). In the meantime though, the jobs fairs were mostly cancelled, the week in Europe wasn’t really an option and the graduate recruitment opportunities, well, it certainly felt like there were less of them.

But Maria was determined that her first year out of uni wasn’t going to be a complete waste. And she knew there were other ways to start getting the skills and experience she wanted.

That was when she started thinking seriously about a Masters and made some pretty surprising discoveries.

For one thing, she wouldn’t need to relocate to another campus somewhere. The University of East London actually offered a range of flexible learning options that she could work towards from home. And she wouldn’t have to wait either: their Masters degrees were available to start in January, with a range of funding options available. Chatting to some student ambassadors and staff at a virtual open day she also learned that most of the courses only took a year.

Maria had a new plan. It was a good plan. And 2021 was happening.

Are you rethinking your plans too?

We know this year has been a strange one and for many it has meant cancelling, re-arranging and adapting to whatever is being thrown their way. The idea of further study might not be something that you envisioned this year, but it could reap long term rewards for you and your career.

How a postgraduate degree could benefit you:

  • With an increasingly competitive job market, gain specialist knowledge and edge to stand out from other candidates
  • Postgraduates may earn, on average, £5,600 a year more than graduates (LEO)
  • Gaining a postgraduate qualification can help you progress faster within your chosen career

You don’t necessarily need to wait, either: we offer a range of university courses that have a January intake, allowing you to study the same programme on a different time scale.

Why study at the University of East London?

Many postgraduate courses are designed to build on your existing skill set and prepare you for specialist job roles. A huge number of our courses have accreditations from professional organisations or are designed with specific career paths in mind.

Build networks

Networking is an integral part of starting any career journey; from accessing opportunities to gaining different perspectives and building confidence. Our courses are taught by experts, practitioners and industry-insiders who welcome guest speakers to UEL, host academic conferences and introduce you to employers.

Funding your degree

Previously, students taking on a postgraduate degree would have to finance their studies upfront. However, the government-funded Masters loan will entitle you to a maximum of £11,222 in 2020-21 (and the amount is likely to increase for 2021-22). We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you fund your studies.

Dual Delivery

We have introduced our new teaching model that ensures our campus is safe and your teaching experience is still effective. This really gives you flexibility on how you study to suit your personal needs.

The Dual Delivery model allows you to build a personalised timetable and flex between in-person and online teaching, with:

  • Live streaming – digitally connected seminar rooms, labs, simulation suites and practical spaces
  • Interactive learning activities and group work
  • On-campus and remote timetabling pathways


Discover your potential with the University of East London here.