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1 Making sense of postgraduate study Professor Neill Marshall Dean of Postgraduate Studies Humanities and Social Sciences

2 About us Postgraduate study in the Humanities and Social Sciences Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world (World University Rankings 2014/15) Over 160 programmes across 9 academic schools Over 2,000 postgraduate taught and 500 postgraduate research students from over 80 countries Dedicated to excellence in teaching and research Committed to supporting our postgraduate students to reach their full potential

3 Types of taught degrees Master of Art (MA) 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit dissertation or project 12 months full time, 24 months part time Titles vary depending on the award studied e.g. Master of: Business Administration (MBA), Fine Art (MFA), Law (LLM), Science (MSc) Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) 120 credits of taught modules, with no dissertation 8 months full time, 16 months part time Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) 60 credits of taught modules with no dissertation 4 months full time, 8 months part time

4 Types of research degrees Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Research and training leading to the completion of a 40,000 - 50,000 word thesis 12 months full time, 24 months part time Titles and structure vary depending on the award studied e.g. Master of: Literature (MLitt), Research (MRes), Music (MMus) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Supervised thesis of 80,000 – 100,000 words showing originality and suitability for publication Researcher training and skills development 36 months full time, 72 months part time

5 Types of research degrees Integrated Doctor of Philosophy (IPhD) Combines taught modules and advanced training in discipline specific and generic research skills with original research 36 months – 48 months full time Professional Doctorate (e.g. Doctor of Education, EdD) Combines original research with taught modules and work placements. The focus is on work-based practice rather than research in an academic context 36 - 48 months full time, 72 -84 months part time

6 Teaching and assessment Taught degrees Contact hours and teaching and assessment methods vary depending on the degree and modules you choose Lectures and small group seminars are common teaching methods Coursework and exams are common assessment methods Research degrees Expect to work a 40 hr week Includes researcher development workshops Examined by thesis and viva Find out more Full details available on the degree pages of the website:

7 Flexibility and Choice Postgraduate study that’s built around you The majority of our taught degrees are highly flexible, with a mixture of compulsory modules and numerous optional modules to choose from - tailor your studies to match your personal interests and career aspirations Study full or part time Some degrees have September and January intakes Most programmes are studied on campus, with some online or blended learning options available

8 Why choose postgraduate study? David Levinson, Careers Service

9 Why do you want to do it?!! academic interests and aptitudes? change of direction? work-related experience? necessary for chosen career? improve your prospects?

10 The UK graduate job market…  Any degree v specific degree  Salaries for PG v UG  Graduate v non-graduate jobs  General outlook

11 Before choosing….  Think about what you want to achieve  What do you want to learn?  What skills do you want to develop?  Be very clear about the course content  Research graduate destinations and options

12 Destinations of HASS Masters graduates, 2012/13



15 Make sure your application grabs attention!

16 Successful applicants will have... Thought carefully about their reasons for applying and provided evidence of suitability Researched the options thoroughly Spoken to academic staff, postgraduate students and possibly employers Checked that they met the entry requirements Read and followed the applicants notes Provided all the information requested


18 Funding Postgraduate Study November 2014

19 Funding Tips Terminology Living Expenses Tuition Fees Funding Sources Funding for UK/EU students Funding for international students (non EU) Fee discounts at Newcastle University Funding - other Topics

20 Funding tips Very few postgraduate programmes have mandatory funding The Student Loans Company normally does not fund postgraduate study Portfolio funding Offer of a place Start your search for funding early Check what funding is available and when: – – – –

21 Terminology Scholarships Studentships Stipends Bursaries Awards

22 Maintenance or living expenses (including accommodation) 2015-16 figures – UK students £10,000 - £11,000 per year – EU/international students £10,500 - £11,500 per year **These figures do not include tuition fees** Living Expenses

23 Tuition Fees Fees for 2015 entry are available on the University’s online Prospectus: The fees vary by course…but typical costs (per year): Taught programmes - £5,500 (UK); £12,680 (int) Research programmes - £4,450 (UK); £11,950 (int) Additional course-related expenses, e.g. books, equipment, fieldwork, travel (speak to your prospective school/institute)

24 Making an Application for Funding Very varied Qualifications/ publications Work/research experience Proposed research project/objectives on completion of the degree Why should you be considered for the studentship/ scholarship? How will you pay for any remaining tuition fees/ living costs?

25 AHRC Funding (UK/EU) Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership (Newcastle, Durham, Queen’s University Belfast) Approx. 50 studentships per year over next 5 years Funding for doctoral-level programmes Areas include: history, law, fine art, digital art, creative writing, music, archaeology, classics, French studies, interpreting and translation, linguistics, German studies, film, drama and theatre studies, cultural and museum studies, English language and literature Stipend – approximately £13,800 (tbc) Deadline – 26 January 2015 More information (updated end of November)

26 ESRC Funding (UK/EU) 35 fully funded awards for 2015 entry (Newcastle and Durham universities) Areas include: law, economic and social history, education, environmental planning, finance and economics, human geography, linguistics, Iberian and American studies, management and business studies, politics and international relations, psychology, social sciences and health, sociology Stipend – approx £13,800 (tbc) + £750 fieldwork, conferences 1+3; +3; +3.5 Deadline 16 February 2015

27 Excellence Scholarships UK/EU students Excellence Scholarships for returning students (graduates in 2014/15) Taught programmes in HASS (Masters’ level including MLitts) £2,000 discount on tuition fees 35 awards available Deadline 1 June 2015 arships.htm arships.htm

28 Main sources of funding - International Range of scholarship and bursary schemes for international students: University (partial funding) Newcastle University International Postgraduate Scholarships (NUIPS) £2,000 Newcastle University Overseas Research Scholarship (NUORS) (£5,000 - £9,000) Country-specific scholarships (£2,000- £3,000) External (sometimes fully funded scholarships)

29 Tuition Fee Discounts - Newcastle Alumni Tuition Fee Discount (20%) Self-funded and partially-funded students International Family Discount (10%) Close relatives of international students Early Payment Discount (2%) Full payment by end of registration week Fee payment instalments- varies by university (Newcastle currently has two instalments - registration and then final payment in January ) More information -

30 Funding - Other Funding for students with children – ndants ndants Funding for students with a disability – PGCE Funding – funding funding Professional and Career Development Loans – raduate/private raduate/private Charities, foundations and trusts – duate duate

31 How do I find out more? We’re here to help Degree, module content and entry requirements: Contact programme directors, potential research supervisors or ask your personal tutor Speak to current postgraduate students Target postgraduate study and funding fair: 17 November, St. James’ Park 11am – 4pm Postgraduate Open Day Wednesday 4 February 2015 Join Spring taster sessions Ask us today, or leave your questions in the question box outside


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