Just in case you don't know, a STEM subject is anything within the subject areas of the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
There are plenty of reasons that you should choose to study a STEM subject at postgraduate level – so let’s take a look at some of them.
Shortage of STEM graduates
Some countries do better at producing the increasing numbers of STEM graduates that many industries have predicted are needed than others. If you live in a country that needs more STEM graduates, then gaining additional skills and knowledge at the postgraduate level will set you above those with just an undergraduate degree. Here are the numbers the UK government is predicting that it requires – but does it match the amount they’re going to get?
Research exciting new developments
By studying a STEM subject you could be at the forefront of research into the exploration of space or the deepest depths of the sea. Perhaps you want to learn about the newest Engineering technology or the most exciting ideas in Quantum Physics. All of these STEM subject areas are being researched and learnt about in universities all over the world at the postgraduate level.
Plenty of funding sources
Here’s the great part of planning to study a STEM subject at the postgraduate level, there are plenty of funding resources currently available, especially if you are a woman. Each STEM subject department will have a list of scholarships and bursaries available, like this one from the University of Edinburgh, for their students, but make sure that you get in early as they will be allocated quickly. Don't forget to have a search around for other funding sources outside of your university as well as there are lots of organisations wishing to encourage students into STEM subject areas.
Once you’ve gained your STEM postgraduate degree then you’ll find a wealth of employment opportunities available to you. If you've trained for a specific job role, for example within Engineering, then you’ll probably have a good idea about the availability of jobs before you undertake the course. More general postgraduate STEM subject areas, like Mathematics or some of the sciences, graduates are required in almost all industries and for doing analytical work in many businesses.
Cutting edge of industry
Once you’ve completed your postgraduate study and research in some of the most exciting new developments in a STEM subject you will find that you’ll be able to work at the cutting edge of industry. The oil industry and the renewable energy industries require ever-inventive technologies to make their processes more efficient and profitable. It will be STEM graduates and postgraduates that make these discoveries.
Salary after you graduate
In the UK and in most other countries STEM graduates can expect a higher than average salary upon graduation.
STEM Subject Salaries In The UK
Here are the top five best-paying STEM job titles for recent graduates in the UK, with their average salaries.
Inspire the STEM students of the future
Of course, once you’ve gained a postgraduate qualification in a STEM subject, you might want to move into teaching and inspiring the STEM students of the future – and what could be more rewarding than that?