Whilst, open days may remind you of being dragged around by your parents when you were younger, attending an open day as a postgraduate has numerous benefits. Even if you’ve been in work for a few years, you may be asking yourself how do you get where you need to be? How do you change direction or become a specialist in a specific area? Or, you may be wanting to consider further study in a different topic area to your undergraduate degree. By speaking to academics and the university on a postgraduate open day, you can understand your options and contemplate what the course will really be about, how it will be assessed, and what connections to industry the university has.
For many, a college is the hub of social activity and university life. Speaking to students from a variety of colleges will allow you to understand where you believe you would be best placed. Some colleges offer a large postgraduate community, whereas others are smaller and more tight-knit. Equally, some are self-catered, and some are catered. Deciding where you would be best placed is an important aspect of your time at Durham.
Find out more about funding
For me, attending a postgraduate open day was vital, as I was not only concerned with the change in direction but also the funding options available to me. At the Durham postgraduate open day, I was made aware of not only the government funding available for home students but the scholarships, bursaries and FundED scheme. An equally important element of Durham University is choosing your college.
Speak to current students
Similarly, talking to students on the course already can give you an understanding of what the course offers and course expectations. This can further your understanding from simply reading something online or going through a prospectus. Understanding course demands is important, as each postgraduate course in the same department can have wide variations. The small distinctions between each course could differentiate completely to your needs and wants from a course.
Overall, postgraduate study is a large investment, and it’s important you make the right decision before you go somewhere, for your overall enjoyment and academic stimulation. In attending a postgraduate open day, you can gain a thorough understanding of what university life is like, both on campus and within the wider setting as well.
Find out more about open days at Durham University
Durham University hosts two Postgraduate Open Days each academic year. We will be holding our next events on:
- Wednesday 28 November 2018
- Wednesday 13 February 2019
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