Postgraduate study is study to a level that is higher than a first degree. The reasons for pursuing a postgraduate degree are diverse and usually driven by personal needs and desires. Improving employment and salary prospects is not the only reason to pursue further study. People also undertake postgraduate study to specialize after doing a more generalize undergraduate degree, to gain profession registration, and to increase their depth of knowledge and expertise in their chosen field – so they can go on to do high-level work that is simulating, challenging, and ultimately more rewarding.
Postgraduate qualifications are highly favored in industries such as engineering, education, health and science, and finance and banking. In addition, postgraduate qualifications are becoming increasing sought-after in the corporate world, especially for senior executive positions. Stephen Scheeler, Director of Strategy and Innovation for Inchcape Australia, returned to postgraduate study as a mature-age student to complete an MBA and he believes that postgraduate qualifications definitely boost a person’s employment and earnings potential. To Stephen Scheeler, doing an MBA wasn’t just a means to getting high-paying corporate job – it was about learning and self-improvement. ‘It was very intellectually stimulating and opened my mind to disciplines which I hadn’t formally pursued before – like organization behavior, marketing and statistical analysis. I just found that interesting from a purely learning perspective.’
In view of this, University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) established the School of Postgraduate Studies in August 2015. Currently, we are offering seven (7) Postgraduate Programmes with two (2) major study options, as stated below:
- Master of Architecture (CourseWork mode)
- Master of Business Administration (CourseWork mode)
- Master of Project Management (CourseWork mode)
- Master of Science in Business Management (Research mode)
- Master of Engineering (Research mode)
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering (Research mode)
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Management (Research mode)
Postgraduate study is an opportunity to develop a range of skills which will be valuable in the variety of job and life situations. By the end of the programme, graduate should be able to demonstrate a number of skills such as analysis and problem-solving, interpersonal & leadership, research management (project management, organizational skills, and time), personal effectiveness (motivation, enthusiasm, flexibility, open-mindedness and self-discipline), networking and teamwork skills, communication skills (verbal and written) and career management.
Come and Join UCTS’ School of Postgraduate Studies now for self-development in order to have boundless prospects. Think of it as an investment in your future that could open up a whole new world of opportunities – and possibly more lucrative ones.
Assoc Prof Ts Dr. Hii Siew Ling
Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies
PhD Bioprocessing, MSc Environmental Engineering, BSc Biotechnology (UPM)