5 Reasons to pursue a Master’s degree at Kent

Caroline Harriman is a Kent PhD student. Here she gives her top 5 reasons to continue your studies to Postgraduate stage with your current University

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Embarking on a postgraduate journey is a significant decision that often prompts students to explore new institutions and locations however, there’s a compelling case for staying on at the same university for a Master’s degree after completing your undergraduate studies.

Caroline Harriman
Caroline Harriman

These established relationships can be invaluable as you navigate the complexities of advanced coursework, further research and career progression.




  1. Familiarity and Comfort

    Staying at the same university where you completed your undergraduate degree can be advantageous when pursuing a Master’s degree. It provides a sense of familiarity and comfort that can significantly ease the transition into advanced studies. You already know the layout of the campus, understand the coursework layouts, and have built a network of friends and mentors. This familiarity can help you adjust more smoothly to the increased academic demands of a Master’s programme, allowing you to focus more on your studies and less on acclimating to a new environment.

  2. Established Professional Relationships

    During your time as an undergraduate student, it is highly likely that you formed meaningful relationships with professors, advisors, and people from different outlets. If you decide to continue your studies at the same university for a Master’s degree, you can benefit from these existing connections as people. Those who are familiar with your work ethic and abilities may provide you with unique opportunities, mentorship, or even help you secure internships or job placements after graduation with strong references. These established relationships can be invaluable as you navigate the complexities of advanced coursework, further research and career progression.

  3. Building on Academic Foundations

    Continuity in education at the same institution allows you to build on the academic foundations you established during your undergraduate studies. You already have a solid grasp of the university’s teaching methods, resources, and expectations, which can provide you with an advantage as you start your Master’s degree. This familiarity can be especially beneficial when pursuing more specialised and in-depth courses that align with your academic and career objectives.

  4. Streamlined Application Process

    When you apply for a Master’s at the university you previously attended, the application process is often simplified. Since the university already has your academic records, you may not have to fulfil certain application requirements. This can save you a lot of time and effort compared to applying to a new institution.

  5. Access to Alumni Networks

    Universities often have robust alumni networks that can provide valuable support throughout your academic and professional journey; staying at the same institution for your Master’s, you continue to be part of this incredible network, gaining access to alumni events, mentorship programs, and job opportunities.