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10 Reasons to Study a Postgraduate Degree in 2021!

What is postgraduate training going to do for your career? Here are some of the reasons that will make you want to apply in 2021…

If you’ve been thinking about improving your skills for the workplace, starting a new career, or boosting your earning potential, a postgraduate degree could be for you. And 2021 is a great year to invest in yourself, and enjoy both personal and professional development at the University of Bolton.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from COVID, it’s that life is short, and finding fulfilment in our jobs is something everyone should strive for. Working from home has taught us that our time is truly precious, and that it should be spent wisely.

Learning and growing is a great way to apply your time, and there are many postgraduate courses that can transform your career. Here are 10 top reasons to consider returning to University this year:

1. Get your dream job by upskilling

A master’s degree is one of the easiest ways of enhancing your CV and working towards that job or promotion you’ve always wanted.

2. Develop soft skills too

What is postgraduate study all about? It’s a lot more than just books and lectures. As well as industry knowledge, you’ll also be able to develop skills in communication, collaboration and leadership, while learning to network effectively with others in your industry.


3. Study in a tailored way

The best thing about a postgraduate degree is the career-focused element that comes with learning. At the University of Bolton, we tailor the courses to you and your career goals, helping you achieve the skills you need to excel in your line of work.

4. Increase your earnings!

Did you know that postgraduates earn an average of 18% more than first degree holders? If you want to boost earning potential or have more leverage in the candidate market, a master’s could be the best pathway for you.

5. Study in a time of change 

There’s no better time to study. As the world resets and industries navigate post-pandemic recovery, this is a great period for reflection and re-education. You’ll also come out of the course with a competitive edge, ready to re-enter into employment.


6. Enjoy the University experience

Attending university as a postgraduate allows you to widen your circle, grow your professional network and meet people from all walks of life. This includes experts in your field, or students from overseas who can help you gain a global perspective of your subject.

7. Choose flexible learning

Many of our courses can be taken full-time or part-time, depending on your commitments. Not everyone has time to throw themselves back into a full-time course, but a postgraduate degree can be achieved in a timeframe that suits you.

8. Embrace new technologies

For professionals who want to ensure their skills are relevant, it’s vital to understand digital transformation. So what is postgraduate education going to do for your career in terms of keeping it up to date? In addition to introducing you to the latest technologies and working methods, you’ll be able to discover new ways of working that will put you one step ahead of the curve.


9. Get hired by top companies

By training at master’s level, you can make yourself more visible to top employers, including global organisations and FTSE 500 companies.

10. Contribute to your academic field

Another reason to go back to University is to find new ways to contribute to your area of specialism. A master’s is a stepping stone for a PhD, which can open up doors in research and give you a whole new purpose at work.


If these reasons inspire you to return to your studies, take a look at our Postgraduate degree courses and apply to join our vibrant and friendly campus in September 2021. It’s a great time to study, and we’re in the Top 5 in the UK for Teaching Quality* and are No.1 for Student Satisfaction for three years running.**

Find out more about our Open Days to enjoy #UniAsItShouldBe!


* The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 2019

** Complete University Guide in 2021, 2020 and 2019, North West region


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