Selecting the right degree program for you, and for your future, can be a challenging task. Whether you are a UK resident, or plan to attend university in the UK as an international student, choosing your course of study is an important part of planning your UK study experience and may have an impact on your choice of institution.
Here are five things you may want to consider when selecting the course of study that is right for you:
1. Find your true love. Which course of study will motivate you to get out of bed each morning and keep you excited about going to class? Whether it is cooking or chemistry that turns you on, finding a subject that you love is the best way to ensure your success on campus.
2. Consider the competition. Some courses are considerably more competitive than others in terms of being accepted as a student. Consider the strength of your candidacy for your preferred course and, if you think you may have difficulty getting in, look for schools where entrance may not be as competitive, and make sure you have a second choice as a back-up plan.
3. Consider the cost. Some schools are considerably more expensive than others, which may include the schools that offer the course of study that is your first choice. Look into financial aid options and determine the amount of debt you will incur during your time of study compared to your projected income once you enter a career in that field.
4. Determine your career goals. The courses you choose and the length of your time in school depends on the education you need for your desired career. Different careers require different levels of degrees and some require specific coursework, while others are more flexible.
5. Determine how hard you want to work. Although most prospective students would automatically respond that they welcome a challenge and will work as hard as they need to, it is worth seriously considering how hard you want to work. You will only set yourself up for stress and disappointment if you go into a research intensive course of study – or one that requires hours of lab work outside of the classroom – because you think it is the right thing to do, but you really do not want to work that hard.
Selecting the right course can have an enormous impact on your future job opportunities; therefore, choose your courses wisely and research your options to make sure you get the most out of your education.