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Can I change universities between degrees?

Just wanted to know if someone had done a undergraduate degree in a subject e.g. Economics at derby could they do their postgraduate at a different university with of course the same subject? If so, does this work with other degrees after a postgraduate?
Of course you can switch. Remember though some universities will offer incentives for you to stay on, such as reductions in tuition fees. Administratively, things are more straightforward if you stay at the same uni. If you decide to change, you will have to get transcript and reference from your current programme team.
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Original post by Fadi786123
Just wanted to know if someone had done a undergraduate degree in a subject e.g. Economics at derby could they do their postgraduate at a different university with of course the same subject? If so, does this work with other degrees after a postgraduate?

Hi! @Fadi786123

Yes of course you can! I'm studying my masters currently and there are a quite a few students who previously studied at another university for the undergraduate. However, the advantage of studying at the same university, sometimes, is that they will reduce the course fees for you. Then again some universities will want to gain students from other universities, so they will reduce the fees if you achieve a first or something similar. This is something to look into, as masters loans work differently to undergraduate loans, because the course loan fees and maintenance loan are all one lump sum and everyone is entitled to the same amount, which from what I can remember is around £11,500.

I hope this helps!
Best wishes
Chloe - Official Student Rep :smile:
Original post by Fadi786123
Just wanted to know if someone had done a undergraduate degree in a subject e.g. Economics at derby could they do their postgraduate at a different university with of course the same subject? If so, does this work with other degrees after a postgraduate?


Hi @Fadi786123!

Absolutely! I did my BA at University of Wales Aberystwyth, then took an 11 year break from education before returning to do my MA at Keele. I've stayed at Keele for my PhD - primarily because I've enjoyed my experience and had amazing tutors/supervisors, but also for practical reasons like commuting distance - but it isn't uncommon or unexpected for students to go to different universities for their undergraduate, masters, and PhD programmes.

As others have said, there may be incentives to stay on at your undergraduate university for a postgraduate course (such as a tuition fee discount), and you may also feel more comfortable with tutors after three years study. On the other hand, going to a new university for your postgraduate study can broaden your horizons and allow you to study new specialisms. So there are pros and cons to both options - the main thing is to do what is right for you!

Hope that helps :smile:

Amy Louise
PhD English Literature, Keele University
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