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Posted Aug. 12, 2022

How to combine work and online PG study

Glasgow online studyWith the increase in remote working and less time spent commuting, there are new opportunities to pursue your professional interests and achieve your career goals by studying an online postgraduate degree.

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A big concern of many students undertaking a degree is how you combine working and studying at the same time. Here are five steps you can take to successfully balance your work and study commitments.

1. Choose a topic that interests you

It may seem like a basic requirement but choosing to study a topic that you are interested in really does drive you to succeed. If you find a topic that you are passionate about you are more likely to set aside the time required to study – and enjoy it too.

2. Plan your time

Organisation is the key to ensuring that you have the time to fit your online study in around your existing work and personal commitments. Set aside time to study in advance and be realistic with what you can fit in and when – and plan in relaxation time too.

At the University of Glasgow, we have specially adapted our programs for an online audience, delivering learning in bite-sized chunks to suit your schedule. You will also get breaks between courses and catch-up weeks mid-term to ensure you remain on track.

3. Study on the go

The programs at the University of Glasgow give you the ability to make the most of any spare time you have in the day – listen to a lecture on the way to work, on a walk or in the bath. Short bursts here and there soon add up.

Our online courses are designed to appeal to different ways of learning and communicating. Each program utilises a multitude of resources, including recorded lectures, live seminars, videos, e-books and quizzes, to make your learning as varied and easy to digest as possible.

Some of these materials have been specially adapted into alternative formats, which you’ll be able to access in audio, video or transcript form, and even download them to review offline.

4. Link your study to your job

There is no better way to combine work and study than to link the two together. Many courses have research projects and dissertations which can be tailored to combine your work and study interests – potentially helping you to explore a work-related challenge at the same time as fulfilling your study commitments.

You can also apply your learnings in your job as you progress through the program, enabling you to approach day-to-day tasks and projects in a more sophisticated and strategic way.

Speaking about their experience studying at the University of Glasgow, one online MSc in Global Mental Health graduate explains, “I find that I regularly use my assignments as reference materials in my day-to-day work and I am more confident that my professional decisions are well informed.” She continues, “Since finishing the course I have continued to use my new knowledge in my role as a Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Specialist.”

Online study at the University of Glasgow

University of GlasgowThe University of Glasgow has been changing the world since 1451 and continues to inspire today’s world changers. Regardless of where you are, our impressive array of online programs will empower you to achieve your ambitions and join our world-changing community.

Learning online allows you to receive personalised support from expert faculty when it's convenient for you. Experienced lecturers teach all our online programs to ensure you gain the necessary insight and skills to succeed in your chosen field.

If you are ready to take your career to the next level, the University of Glasgow offers a range of 100% online programs that can help you to achieve your potential. Find out more.

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