LIFE AFTER UNIVERSITY                                                                                              

Once graduated, students have many opportunities available to them. Graduate jobs tend to pay more and give graduates the chance to move into higher level jobs than people without a degree.

Students also have the opportunity to continue studying at post-graduate level and potentially become leading researchers in their chosen field.

There are a variety of options to continue studies at Aston, some of which we have outlined below:

 Masters programmes

A taught programme is ideal if a student is looking for a competitive advantage in the job market or to develop extra knowledge and skills that will help them in their career. Masters Programmes typically last one year full-time or two years part-time.

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

MPhil degrees normally take two years to complete and look at investigating and evaluating an approved topic which represents a contribution to knowledge and shows a critical appreciation of existing knowledge in the field.

PhD - Doctor of Philosophy

PhD degrees usually take three years to complete. The key difference is that PhD degrees must also involve a substantial original contribution to knowledge and show a critical appreciation of existing knowledge in the field.


Aston University Careers Service

Aston University offers a superb Careers Service to assist students in career planning. As well as advice, it offers an online vacancy service, a programme of employer/career events, comprehensive careers resources, a range of on-line resources and support and a well-equipped information room with internet access.

The Careers website atwww.aston.ac.uk/careers provides further details of what the Careers Service offer. The website also provides information about graduate employment and where our graduates are working after they have left us.

For further information about career paths students can take with their degree programme, an excellent resource is available at: www.prospects.ac.uk


Aston University has an excellent graduate recruitment record and is consistently one of the UK’s top universities for quality graduate employment. For further information about the destination of our graduates please look at: http://www1.aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/academic/graduate-employment/


For advice prior to university, the Connexions service is available for all students aged 13 - 19.  Details of their services locally is available from http://www.connexions-direct.com/ or by contacting the helpline (080 800 13 2 19)

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research