Which path do I choose:
taught or research?
Choosing whether to undertake a programme of taught postgraduate study or to go down the research route can be a big decision. Both options provide opportunities for independent and collaborative work, but in different amounts and styles. One thing is for certain – whichever route you choose, you’ll have the support of your tutors or supervisors the whole way through, making sure you’re given everything you need to reach your full potential.
Key questions to ask yourself when making a choice between taught or research degrees.
Are you self-motivated?
A research degree requires the ability to keep yourself motivated over a long period of study, without regular assignment submissions that often come with a taught degree.
Do you like to work independently or do you prefer structure and group study?
A taught degree offers a clear structure to your postgraduate study, with set teaching periods and opportunities for group work. On the other hand, a research degree offers the freedom to structure your own time and explore an area of study of your choice.
Do you have an interest in a particular topic?
If you already have a particular topic in mind that inspires you, a research degree could be the perfect opportunity to explore this area in detail, developing your knowledge even further.