Is postgraduate study worth it?


Before you commit to a Postgraduate Diploma or Master’s course, you’re probably wondering “Is postgraduate study worth it?”.

This is a very common question. People often ask us whether the financial investment pays off, and we’re always pleased to tell them “yes it does!”.

Postgraduate study is a proven driver of both employability and increased salary.

HESA gathers data from Higher Education establishments to provide official statistics for the UK Government. Recent figures show a clear trend in graduates’ employment after education. The benefits of higher education can be evaluated by looking at the lifetime earnings of graduates.

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Employability figures also favour postgraduate students. 85% of postgraduate students are expected to be in full-time employment compared to 68% of graduates.

Starting salaries tell a similar tale. A postgraduate earns 19% more than what a graduate student can expect to earn. And the statistics continue to suggest clear and substantial long term benefits for individuals maximising their education potential.

Based on these trends, you can see that the finances and time invested in personal development quickly show a return. You could even say they comfortably pay for themselves in the short term.

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So, is postgraduate study worth it?

The short answer is “yes”!

Postgraduate students benefit from:
- Greater chance of employment
- Higher lifetime earnings
- Higher starting salaries

Distance education courses from Diploma MSc reflect these benefits. Our courses offer the best value for money coupled with the flexibility that online learning offers. As a result, accessibility is increased for students from all backgrounds.

We are also the only one-year postgraduate online option available across many of our fields. Because of this, our students see the rewards much faster and they come with a higher rate of return.

Visit our Student Stories page to see where some of our alumni are now.

Interested in completing a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc online? Get in touch.