A postgraduate study is engaging in formal studies after graduation for your first degree. It is learning or training for degrees, professional or academic qualifications for which a first or Bachelor's degree generally is required, and it is normally considered to be part of higher education. After undergraduate or bachelor’s degree one may enroll for postgraduate studies under the following:
1. Master's degree. A master’s qualification allows you to further your knowledge in a particular subject, or to go in a completely different direction, using the skills gained from a bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree is awarded to individuals who successfully demonstrate a higher level of expertise in a particular field of study after obtaining the required qualifications.
Most master's studies may lead to awarding qualification in:
- Master of Arts (MA)
- Master of Science (MSc)
- Master of Engineering (MEng )
- Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
- Master of Laws (LLM)
- Master of Architecture (MArch)
- Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
- Other courses include Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree which is a qualification recognized internationally and gives one skills for a successful management career. This masters degree course cover topics such as business policy and strategy, operational and strategic management, marketing, market research, finance and accounting, IT, human resource management, leadership, entrepreneurship and international trade.
2. Doctorate Degree - Doctor of Philosophy or doctorate (PhD) is the highest academic level a student can achieve. Doctorate Degrees are very demanding, requiring that the student commits his/her own and can lead to careers in academia where one becomes a lecturer or a researcher. Doctorate courses are pursued by students who have achieved a Master’s Degree.
3. Postgraduate diplomas and qualifications. For those wishing to continue their studies beyond an undergraduate degree, a variety of options are available. Postgrad certificates and diplomas allow students to study something new or build on the skills and knowledge already gained during their first degree.
4. Professional and vocational qualifications. A professional or vocational qualification is usually taken to improve skills or gain attributes required by specific jobs. Most awards will involve practical training, giving you the opportunity to experience a job first-hand.