07/04/2021

Categories: Postgraduate, Postgraduate

7 Tips for Mature Students Returning to University

Are you a working professional looking to return to university to do a postgraduate master’s degree? There’s never been a better time to upskill, and more and more people are now seeking a second degree to increase their salary potential.

When applying to university as a mature student, it’s important to find a course provider that can support your specific needs. This often means flexibility, and being able to tailor the programme to align with your professional development.

The University of Bolton is one of the best universities for mature students because of our vibrant postgraduate community and our student-first approach. We’re in the Top 5 in the UK for Teaching Quality* and have been voted No.1 for Student Satisfaction** for three years running!

Here we provide you with some tips on returning to university after a few years in the industry.

1. Build a rapport with your lecturers

Relationships are key in higher education, and it’s important to have good communication skills in every aspect of life. Not only are course leaders there to help you reach your potential, but they’re often the link to valuable industry contacts. 

Consider every interaction as an opportunity to get your name out there and network. Because you never know who you may end up working with in the future.

At Bolton University, we are proud to know our students by name, and not their student number. Our personalised approach means that everyone gets a chance to grow and thrive.

2. Make the most of campus facilities

For those looking for computer access and study rooms, we have a number of areas you can book. We also have a Life Lounge for mental health and wellbeing support, plus a fantastic Student Union!

By making the most of facilities on campus, you’ll be able to make your postgraduate master’s more enjoyable, with plenty of chances to make friends.

We also have a vast library with an easy online portal for book collection or return. Everything can be fully managed online, saving you time and keeping you on schedule with your studies.

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6. Find balance by being organised

Applying to university as a mature student is a big decision. For those who will be juggling part-time study with work, this means having to allocate time wisely.

To avoid overwhelming workloads, have a schedule and timetable in place to navigate each week. Things like bullet journaling can also be a good way to stay on track with goals and priorities.

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7. Remember to ask for help

Not everyone will find it easy to adapt to a new environment. Whether you have course-related questions or non-academic questions, our award-winning Student Services Team is here to help.

Your mental health is just as important as your academic progress, so don’t be afraid to seek out our counselling services if you need assistance.

 

As one of the best universities for mature students, we try to make life easier no matter your age, qualifications or background. We’re highly inclusive, have a thriving community of postgraduates, and offer a range of full-time and part-time courses.

See our full list of Postgraduate courses online.

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Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

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Full-time
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3 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

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2 years
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18 months
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MSc Accountancy and Financial Management
Full-time
Mode of study
18 months
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University of Bolton

BA (Hons) Accountancy
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

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Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

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BA (Hons) Accountancy with foundation year
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

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BSc (Hons) Business Management (Finance) with foundation year
Full-time
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4 years
Duration
48
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Full-time
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1 year
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Duration
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UCAS Points

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Part-time
Mode of study
4.5 years
Duration
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UCAS Points

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MSc Accountancy and Financial Management
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