If you enjoy finding hidden answers to questions, get a kick out of hunting down obscure information, or enjoy the challenge of trying to find out what data is revealing – then a career in research might appeal to you.
Studying a Masters or PhD in your subject might be the obvious option open to you and certainly for some disciplines having this level of qualification would be essential in order to pursue a career in research. However this wouldn’t necessarily limit you to working at a university as an academic, there are many opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills in the commercial sector e.g. perhaps in R & D in a pharmaceutical or food company. Maybe you have studied a humanities subject in which case you could look to be a historian working in publishing or for English Heritage, whilst a linguistics postgraduate might be interested in working as a forensic linguistics expert in the intelligence services.
Book your place at the following events taking place during research careers week. These sessions might be of interest to those considering further study:
Tuesday 27 November | 1-2pm
Explore careers working in research
Wednesday 28 November | 2.30-4 pm
I want to do a PhD - how do I get in?
Thursday 29 November | 1-2 pm
Master's study; choosing and applying
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Perhaps you feel motivated to apply your research skills and expertise for social & commercial benefits? There are a number of options open to you if this is the case. For those with a science background you might like a hands-on role with people perhaps as a Medical Scientist working for the NHS where there is a very wide variety of roles from immunology, to genetics counselling, to audiology and cardiac science to name just a few. These are paid training roles that would also give you a postgraduate qualification, find out more.
If a more scientific research role outside of university appeals you might wish to consider schemes with the Medical Research Council or with one of the UK’s 9 Research councils (not all of these are science based). Prospects offer funding for postgraduate study, find out more.
For those students without a science background you might like market or social research options where you can investigate the thoughts and behaviour of members of the public to influence products, or to lobby government and other key decision makers. ‘Think tanks’ often require a postgraduate qualification however, it is possible to start your career in other areas to develop your skills and experience for example in social or market research. Find out more about Think Tanks.
The Civil Service fast stream requires graduates to apply their research and analytical skills to investigate and formulate policies that will affect the wider community
Finally, if analysing large data sets appeals to you and you have strong mathematical skills, perhaps you’d like to consider careers in operational research (OR) or data analyst roles the latter can be found in a wide range of organisations from finance, medical statistics, insurance, weather and many more.
As always, come and have a chat with your subject specific Careers Consultant to talk through options and to see if a postgraduate qualification would be essential for the career you are considering. If you wish to research all the Masters and PhD options you might like to use the followingwww.findamasters.com and www.findaphd.com.