Looking for information on postgraduate degrees– where you can find it?Chen Wan Lim
You might have thought of pursuing a masters’ degree at some point or even perhaps thinking about transitioning to a managerial role from a technical role. You might have even thought of changing career paths by taking an MBA as it provides you with managerial knowledge and expertise to allow you to do so. The question now is, where do I start looking for information? The internet is clearly a good starting point but there’s an abundance of unfiltered information all around. Here are some helpful tips on how to look for information on postgraduate degrees:
Tip 1: Start with aggregator sites
Start by looking for postgraduate degree aggregator websites which will list a collection of postgraduate degrees ie. MBA, MSc, PhD and the respective universities that offer them. Aggregator sites are great as it matches specific courses to a specific university. However, the drawback about aggregator sites is that they do not provide in-depth information on the particular course or the particular university – perhaps just a simple introductory descriptive statement.
Tip 2: University website
After you have shortlisted the courses you are interested in and the prospective universities, go to their respective websites to look for more information. The website will promote the various faculties, facilities and amenities that it provides. In addition, the official website will also list the various courses it offers.
Tip 3: Course prospectus
Narrowing down further into the specific course, the university website will have the course prospectus detailing the contents of the course and the vital information ie. course pre requisites, subjects, durations, entry qualifications and also a detailed description of the subjects within the course. This is where candidates can do a preliminary evaluation of whether the course is suitable or are there any prerequisites which need to be attained before applying.
Tip 4: Postgraduate office
After doing all of the online research, it’s probably best to visit the university in person to speak to the course directors or marketing specialist as they would be in the best position to brief you in detail about the course and about their university. Be warned though that it is the job of the university personnel to only speak on the positives of the university that they represent.
Tip 5: Past graduates
Another good method is to also speak with past graduates of the course of a particular university. You can look them up via LinkedIn and simply drop them a message introducing yourself and stating your intentions of trying to get in contact with previous graduates.
Tip 6: Professional postgraduate advisers
Alternatively, you can always get in touch with professional postgraduate advisers STUDYMASTERS.MY to get the latest and most comprehensive advice on how to chart your next phase of growth that suits you best. In addition, Study-masters.com is also able to advise on numerous ways to fund your postgraduate studies which will allow you to achieve your dreams.