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Types of postgraduate courses: professional

A number of industries have very specific vocational and academic qualifications which can also fall under the heading of professional qualifications.

These are expected of all candidates, regardless of what subject they graduated in, for example teaching. Other careers such as marketing, newspaper journalism, business and management have recognised and respected qualifications which will improve your career prospects. Examples of these professional qualifications include:

Master’s in Business and Management (MBM)

The MBM is designed to provide managerial and leadership skills to students in order for them to pursue a successful career in business management. This qualification can be studied straight from university, unlike the better-known Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), which requires you to have at least three years of work experience before you can apply. 

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (pgCe)

The PGCE is the most recognised way of training to become a teacher. It is an intense year which combines theory and practical classroom experience. Places are competitive, especially in primary school education. Previous experience of working with children will give you an edge when applying. 

School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (sCITT)

The SCITT is an alternative way for graduates to train to become teachers. The training is completed in a school environment rather than spending more time in university. SCITT courses lead to qualified teacher status (QTS) and are taught by teachers. There is also a chance you will be awarded a PGCE which is accredited by a higher education institution (but not all will offer this).