What Is A Postgraduate Student? A Definition
What is a postgraduate student?What is a postgraduate student? There are lots of people studying at university and in the UK about half
a million of them are postgraduates. In simple terms, a postgraduate student is anyone who is studying a postgraduate course, including a masters course, an MPhil and a PhD, that requires an undergraduate degree as part of the entry requirements.
There are a few different ways that postgraduate students can study, and various study strategies that they may choose to employ, and it doesn’t matter if they work full-time or part-time or even online, whatever their schedule, they are all postgraduate students.
Full-time postgraduate student
Studying full time is a popular choice for students who have just completed their undergraduate degree and already know that a postgraduate qualification is required for their career plans. It can be a difficult transition for students who have given up full-time employment to return to university as a full-time student. The majority of postgraduate students in England are full-time attending a taught course and in England, only a quarter of these students are over the age of 36 with the majority of students being 25 and under.
Most full-time postgraduate students study towards a masters degree over one to three years and if they are taking a postgraduate course that doesn’t require a thesis, they are working towards a Postgraduate Diploma instead. A smaller number of postgraduates go onto study an MPhil or a PhD, and the vast majority of students working towards a PhD are full-time students who also work, often teaching in the department they are researching in. It is usual for international students from outside of the EU to study full-time due to visa restrictions. Full-time postgraduate students often have quite intensive study programs and usually, have less spare time than those studying at an undergraduate level making part-time employment difficult.