Careers Service

Taught postgraduates

Information and advice for taught postgraduates on your career options, job search, marketing yourself and making the most of your time as a student.

Planning your year

A suggested schedule of activities to help you explore your career options, make informed decisions and successfully move on from your postgraduate degree.

What can you do with your degree?

A broad overview of your career options and information on the destinations of University of Edinburgh postgraduates.

Moving onto a PhD

If you are considering continuing with your studies pursuing a research degree, most commonly a PhD, then you will find useful information on this page. If you are considering any other form of further study see the general further study section of this site.

Job search

Many of you will want to go straight into employment on completion of your postgraduate degree. This section gives you an overview of the labour market for taught postgraduates in the UK as well as job search advice.

Marketing yourself effectively

Whatever your reasons for doing a postgraduate degree, you will want to make sure employers value the additional experience you are gaining as well as what you can offer through prior experiences. This page outlines how you can market yourself effectively to prospective employers.


Masters Careers: Career development for CAHSS students. Complement your academic studies by taking part in our careers planning and development sessions focused on your future and how you can work towards it.

Video guide: Explore all the options

Watch our short video guide if you have some ideas about what you'd like to do but would like to explore all of the options. This guide has advice on how you can use our resources to research all of the options available after your Masters

Video guide: Planning your next steps for Masters students

Watch our short video guide if you know what you want to do but need some help to get there. This guide will help you to plan your next steps

Supporting taught postgraduates

Resources to help taught postgraduate students to engage with their studies effectively and achieve academically, take opportunities for career enhancement, and to make successful career decisions.

Supporting taught postgraduates