Careers Service

Job search

Many of you will want to go straight into employment on completion of your Masters. This section gives you an overview of routes into employment for Masters graduates as well as job search advice.

Routes into employment

Direct entry graduate jobs: This is probably the most common route into employment for new graduates from all levels of qualification. Opportunities are often with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) although larger employers also recruit directly.

Some employers may be interested in the specialist knowledge or research skills that you have gained through your Masters degree while others may be more interested in your career motivation, skills and experience.

Employers will advertise jobs as and when they have a vacancy so recruitment into these opportunities is all year round. Training is usually on-the-job.

Graduate training programmes: These are mainly offered by large employers in the public, private and, very occasionally, the voluntary sector. Employers will usually offer 1 - 3 years of structured training often leading to a professional qualification, e.g. human resource management, marketing, or accountancy.

Masters graduates will often be competing with graduates from first degrees for places on these programmes and in many cases you would enter at the same level as new graduates. Recruitment is very structured and often happens at specific points during the year, often in the year before the positions will be available.

Experienced hire entry: Masters graduates who have a number of years pre-Masters work experience can enter directly into roles for experienced professionals. Your research degree should help you to market yourself more successfully for these roles.

Similar to direct entry jobs, employers will recruit all year round when they have a vacancy to fill.

Job search advice

Explore the ‘looking for work’ section to find comprehensive information on where and how to look for work.

Looking for work

If you are studying full time you should start your job search when you start your degree. Many employers recruit a year in advance so make sure you don’t miss any interesting opportunities by leaving your job search until the end of your degree.

If you are looking for vacancies on MyCareerHub then you can search for vacancies that are specifically targeted at Masters graduates by looking at those with Masters or MSc in the degree section. But do not focus only on these vacancies as most Masters graduates will enter roles where the minimum qualification is a good undergraduate degree.


To explore research careers in different industry sectors and to find links to websites which advertise vacancies in specific occupational areas use the occupations section of our website.


Look for opportunities to develop and use your network for job search. In particular if you are interested in a research career linked to your subject ask your Masters supervisor and other academic staff in the School for their advice. There is networking advice and information in the looking for work section and your network (friends, family, other students) may be able to help you identify people working in occupations of interest.

If you want to work internationally, consider starting with a multi-national organisation in the UK and looking for opportunities to transfer to an office abroad in the future. Or look at the international experiences section of this site.

International experiences

If you are a student from outside the European Economic area (EEA) then you may not have the automatic right to work in the UK. Look at the Working in the UK section for information on visas and immigration as well as advice on who employs international students.

Working in the UK