There are plenty of reasons to choose a Russell Group university for your postgraduate studies.
The Russell Group universities are some of the best universities in the UK and they are all an excellent choice for your future career plans. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you should opt to study your PG program at a Russell Group university.
Location, location, location
Most Russell Group universities are close to or in the centre of major cities of the UK, making transportation easy for international students as well as for British students. For example, London School of Economics and Queen Mary's University London – which are both members of the Russell Group – are located in London, which makes it very easy to access any part of the world using London's excellent connections. Other major cities, such as Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Glasgow are all bases for Russell Group universities and the UK's excellent transportation networks allow easy travel.
Area of Expertise
Choosing a Russell Group university is a perfect choice for anyone considering a future within academia or as a researcher. The Russell Group universities all produce large volumes of published research every year and this means that it is a good idea to choose a Russell Group university for your postgraduate studies if you want to publish work as well. Some universities, for example the University of Manchester, have an excellent reputation in the field of Science, and other universities, such as the University of Edinburgh and University of Leeds are particularly well respected in the worlds of Medicine and Law. The London School of Economics and Durham University both have great reputations in Business and Finance and the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford are both members of the Russell Group with world-class reputations in almost any field you can think of.
This table illustrates some of the various subject areas the different Russell Group universities are well known for excelling in:
The Russell Group universities all rank highly and have long histories of excelling in academic teaching. This is part of the attraction of the Russell Group for many students, and as the entry qualifications vary across the group, even if you do not have the necessary grades for one Russell Group university you might find that you can gain a place with the same grades at another one. The Russell Group universities also offer online learning opportunities for postgraduate students so it is worth checking these out too.
The Russell Group universities pride themselves on their contacts within local, national and international governments, organisations, industry and business. These contacts will make up a vital part of the network that you could form whilst undertaking your postgraduate studies and these will propel your career forwards, especially in its early years. The experiences you can gain and learn from at a Russell Group university will make you all the more attractive to potential future employers. The networking events that you attend while studying at a Russell Group university combined with the power of your alumni network will help you for the rest of your career.