The postgradireland fair: 12 third-level institutions who will be there!

Ireland’s biggest postgrad fair takes place in the Shelbourne Hall in the RDS in Dublin this Wednesday, February 11th. Here’s a rundown of some of the Irish and international third level institutions which will be on hand to give you the best advice on all their courses and your career options, writes Fergal Browne.




Edge Hill University: Voted University of the Year 2014 by the Times Higher Education Awards in England, the third level institution boasts a gorgeous campus near Liverpool in the North-West. It consistently excels in teaching among many other disciplines and is the top performing university in the region.


King’s College London: The University is famous worldwide for its renowned alumni boasting poets like John Keats, and a host of Nobel prize winners including Desmond Tutu and, most recently, two physicians, Peter Higgs and Michael Levitt, who received the award in 2013. An astonishing 90% of King’s Master’s graduates are in work or further study six months after finishing with the median salary £26,000.


Glasgow Caledonian University: The Scottish university offers a range of courses which are unique in their focus. The MSc Climate Justice is a globally unique Master’s which provides an in-depth understanding and knowledge about the principles that underpin climate justice, its MSc in International Banking, Finance and Risk Management offers a triple accreditation to branch across all sectors of banking , while its MA in TV Writing works directly with Shed Productions to give students relevant work experience. The third-level institution offers a range of courses with a 96.2% employment rate of graduates in employment or further study within six months.


Digital Marketing Institute: The third-level institution based in Dun Laoighaire in Dublin focuses and excels in offering graduates the tools to be employed in digital roles with its Masters in Digital Marketing. Over 80% of last year’s postgraduate class found a digital job. The institute offers the Master’s degree as a two-year course.


Bangor University: The Welsh university offers top-class postgraduate courses coupled with a beautiful campus and proximity to some of the most beautiful parts of Great Britain. It’s the top university in Wales for student satisfaction, while some of its postgrad courses including Electronic Engineering, and Modern Languages and Culture have 100% of graduates in employment or further study within six months.

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City University London: The third-level institution located in the centre of Great Britain’s capital leads other universities in the region in education, research and enterprise for business and the professions. It ranks ninth in the whole country for graduates achieving graduate jobs soon after leaving the university.


Cranfield University: With two campuses based in Bedfordshire and Wiltshire in England, the third-level institution focuses specifically on postgrads and research. It puts an emphasis on fast-tracking graduates into relevant employment in the following areas: aerospace, automotive, defence and security, health, environoment, management and manufacturing sectors. 94% of its graduates are in relevant employment or further study six months after they finish.


Sotheby’s Institute of Art: This Institute focuses specifically on graduates looking to work in the art sector. It boasts alumni now working in some of the most prestigious art museums in the world including the Guggenheim and the National Gallery (London). 25% of graduates start their own businesses as, for example, art consultants or dealers, while Master’s degree students have exclusive access to an online job portal where over 1,000 arts employers are registered.


Hibernia College: This is Ireland’s only government-accredited e-learning college. Specialising in health sciences, education/teaching and PhD research at postgrad level, it has a graduation rate of over 95% and produces more school teachers each year than any other teacher training college in the country. All its courses are either online or a mix between online and onsite.

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St Mary’s University, Twickenham: A London-based university that has a long history of providing outstanding teacher training. It is one of only a small number of Teacher Training Providers in the UK that has been awarded the grade ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED, an inspectorate for schools, for both primary and secondary provision. The university has a 100% employability rate from its Secondary PGCE course and 96% from its Primary PGCE course according to figures from the 2013/14 academic year.


University of Birmingham: Located in Britain’s second biggest city, the university offers 375 taught postgraduate programmes and a wealth of world-leading research opportunities. According to the Sunday Times University Guide 2014, the Birmingham institution was ranked eighth for employability, while a separate study published in the International Herald Tribune ranked the university 60thworldwide for employability.


Robert Gordon University: The Aberdeen-based university ranks as one of Britain’s top third-level institutions with an astonishing 97% employability rate, according to a ‘destination of leavers’ study in 2012/13. The universities has been named the “Professional’s university” due to the strong correlation between area of study and employment in that sector. The university offers a range of postgraduate courses from architecture to the social sciences.

For more information on all the third-level institutions which will be at the postgrad fair, click here.

And don’t forget! Click here and register by midnight on Tuesday February 10th for free entry to the fair and be in with a chance to win a HP Tablet.

Bring along either a printout of your ticket or simply show the ticket on your phone to gradireland staff on the door. You can still attend the event on the day without registering. Cost is €5.

Get involved on the day by joining the discussion on Twitter at #postgradfair

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