Before beginning further studies at international universities, research every aspect of your course carefully. How many years will it take? What steps will be involved? Also, which institute would be a good fit? Knowing the answers to these questions will ensure you are better prepared for your desired degree program. Below is a step-by-step guide outlining the key details you need to know before you choose a professional degree from a number of exciting fields of study.

Law

Law

Lawyers represent individuals, businesses and organizations on legal matters and disputes. They advise clients on the best course of legal action in a given situation.

Steps Needed to Complete the Degree

  1. Complete a Bachelor's Degree program: A number of students prefer majors such as English, economics or mathematics.
  2. Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT): The test measures applicants’ aptitude for the field of law.
  3. Attend a three-year law school and earn a JD (Juris Doctor) Degree: The degree program offers courses such as constitutional law, contracts and property law.
  4. Earn the license to practice to get admitted to the bar: The licensing exam requirements vary by jurisdiction.

Time Needed to Complete the Degree: A typical path to becoming a lawyer takes three years after getting a Bachelor’s Degree.

Income & Job Prospects: According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median pay for lawyers in 2017 was $119,250 per year or $57.33 per hour. In addition, the projected increase in employment from 2016 to 2026 is 8%.

Schools to Consider: The University of Buckingham offers a variety of degree programs in the field of Law. Additionally, the institute has been awarded a Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and has high-ranking alumni in the field of Law all over the world.

Nurse Practitioner

Nursing practitioner

Nurse practitioners, anaesthetists and midwives, commonly referred to as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) hold a Master’s Degree or  a more advanced degree in one of the specialty roles. Unlike registered nurses, nurse practitioners also prescribe medications and create patient treatment plans, along with providing patient care. With greater responsibilities, nurse practitioners also achieve higher salaries.

Steps Needed to Complete the Degree

  1. Have a Registered Nursing (RN) license: Students need to have a current license before entering the nurse practitioner degree program.
  2. Complete a Bachelor’s Degree: Most programs look for students who have studied nursing.
  3. There are several paths to becoming a nurse practitioner:
  • Complete a Master’s Degree program in Nursing (MSN)
  • Complete a Doctor or Nursing Practice degree program (DNP)
  • Complete a PhD. program in Nursing
  1. Pass a certification exam to earn a license:. Certification is used to show proficiency in the nurse practitioner role and is frequently a requirement for state licensure.

Time Needed to Complete the Degree: Becoming a nurse practitioner takes 1-3 years after a Bachelor’s Degree. Higher degrees require additional years of study.  

Income & Job Prospects: According to the US. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median pay for nurse practitioners in 2017 was $110,930 per year or $53.33 per hour. In addition, the projected increase in employment from 2016 to 2026 is 31%, more than double than the average projected increase for all professions.

Schools to Consider: Coventry University, offering a master’s degree in Nursing, has been ranked 13th in the UK University rankings by the Guardian University Guide for 2019.

Economics

Economics

Economists collect data and analyze trends and costs in the production and distribution of resources.

Steps Needed to Complete the Degree

  1. Complete a Bachelor's Degree program: A number of students prefer majors such as economics and mathematics. Although a Bachelor’s Degree is enough for entry-level positions, most higher positions in business, research and international organizations require a Master’s Degree.
  2. Complete a one- to -two-year ear master’s program or a PhD program

Time Needed to Complete the Degree: A typical path to becoming an economist takes the duration required to complete the relevant Master’s or higher degree after getting a Bachelor’s Degree.

Income & Job Prospects: According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median pay for economists in 2017 was $102,490 per year or $49.27 per hour. In addition, the projected increase in employment from 2016 to 2026 is 6%.

Schools to Consider: The University of East Anglia offers a wide range of Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree programs in subjects such as Economics, Business and Accounting. In addition, the institute is ranked 18th in the Guardian’s 2019 University League Tables.

Engineering

Engineering

Engineers apply scientific and mathematical principles, experience and judgment to design and develop solutions to technical and mechanical problems.

Steps Needed to Complete the Degree

  1. Complete a four-year Bachelor’s Degree program in Engineering: . There are programs in a wide range of subjects to choose from.
  2. Earn the license to work as an engineer:. This entails passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exams.

Time Needed to Complete the Degree: A typical path to becoming an engineer takes 4-5 years after getting a Bachelor’s Degree. Some students study further for their Master’s Degree in their desired speciality.

Income & Job Prospects: According to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS), the pay for engineers in 2017 ranged from $54,000 to $116,010 per year, depending on the sector and the type of qualification. In addition, the projected increase in employment from 2016 to 2026 is 7%.

Schools to Consider: The University of Hull offers a number of courses in engineering in subjects including energy engineering and electrical engineering.

MBA

MBA

Managers set goals for their team, plan and schedule tasks, and motivate and lead team members to achieve the organization's vision.

Steps Needed to Complete the Degree

  1. Complete a Bachelor's Degree program: A number of students select majors such as business, engineering or IT.
  2. Complete a Master’s Degree: Depending on the field, students may need to complete a Master’s Degree in a required subject.
  3. Opt to earn relevant certifications: Certifications are not mandatory but are preferred to stay current in the chosen specialty.
  4. Gain work experience: Many sectors require employees to learn on the job for a few years before reaching the stage of managing a team.

Time Needed to Complete the Degree: A typical path to becoming a manager can take 2-7 years after getting a Bachelor’s Degree and work experience.

Income & Job Prospects: According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median pay for management occupations in 2017 was $102,590 per year.

Schools to Consider: Cologne Business School, a reputed school in Germany, offers a wide variety of business and management programs.

Select your field of study after reading these tips and you’ll make a much smoother transition to university life.

If you are interested in studying medicine, nursing, dentistry, information systems and technology management, or pharmacy, check out part one of this blog.

About the Author: Bhakti Mathew is a freelance writer and compulsive reader. Originally from India, she is still trying to wrap her head around the fact that her family and she have moved to a different city every year since the last three years.