Careers Service

Choosing Courses

Choosing Courses

Research

Undertaking further study can be time consuming and expensive. Take the time to carefully research any courses or programmes you are interested in.

It's a good idea to talk to the course provider. This could be recruitment or admissions staff, or the programme leader. They should be able to answer many of the questions you might have.

It's also useful to talk to current students or past graduates from the course.

You could also consider talking to employers you're interested in working for. How do they view the course?

We've listed some questions below that you might want to investigate when researching courses.

The course

  • What are the entry requirements?
  • How long has the course been running?
  • Which institutions offer the course?
  • How is it delivered? Full-time, part-time, distance learning
  • What is the teaching style on the course?
  • Will you be able to cope with the academic demands of the course?
  • How much flexibility is offered in terms of module choice/research topic?

The institution

  • What facilities are available?
  • Who will be delivering/supervising the programme?
  • Is accommodation available for postgraduates?

Your job/career prospects

  • What have past students from the course gone on to do?
  • How is the course viewed by employers?
  • Is it accredited by a professional body? eg NCTJ for journalism courses, CIPD for human resources, RIBA for architecture

Funding

  • How will I fund the course?
  • What financial support (if any) is available through the institution?
  • How can I apply for funding?

Location

  • Do I feel comfortable here?
  • Are there many opportunities for part-time work to help support my studies?
  • What is the cost of living (rent, transport etc) like in this area?

Helping you make a decision

If you're struggling to decide if a particular course is right for you, it might help to chat with a careers adviser. No appointment is needed.

You could also consider talking things through with friends, family or your personal tutor.

The following resources provide further information and advice: 

Resources to Help

There are a number of resources that can help you research courses and institutions. These include study fairs, comparison data and graduate destination data.

Postgraduate study fairs and open days

Visiting universities you are considering is often a good way to find out if you are going to be comfortable studying there. It's also a good chance to explore the surrounding area.

Explore your options at Newcastle University by attending one of our Postgraduate Open Days.

Prospects has a list of UK and some International Universities and Departments offering Postgraduate Study which includes either open day information or contact details where you can find out about these. 

Learning providers often attend recruitment fairs organised by the Careers Service.

Comparison data

National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

Compare institutions, subjects and employment prospects using data obtained through the annual National Student Survey (NSS) and Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DHLE) survey on the Unistats website.

Find out what Newcastle University graduates have gone on to do.

Visit the website of the institution you're interested in attending to view their destination data. Information may not be published for courses with insufficient respondents or low numbers of students.

While university league tables can be a useful point of reference, it is unwise to base your choice of course or institution solely on this kind of data. The methodology used to create each league table differs, so care should be taken when drawing conclusions.

View the latest versions of some of the main university league tables: