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Top 10 Postgraduate Subjects for Starting Salaries

Further study comes at an extra cost, and starting salaries naturally have an impact on the decision making process of whether to go down the postgraduate route.

Here we list the top 10 postgraduate subjects according to average starting salary*. See our What do Postgraduates Earn? for the full list of subjects and scores.

*from postgraduates in full-time professional employment 6 months after leaving uni. HESA 2016–17.


1. Business & Administrative Studies

Average Salary: £46,966

Courses include Business Studies itself as well as a number of subjects concerned with the administration of a business such as Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, and more. Degrees exploring the depth and breadth of commerce lead to the highest salary of all and as you'll be in a position to work for a money making entity in a reasonably senior position that sort of makes sense. Business & Administrative Studies postgrads come from all sorts of educational backgrounds and go on to work in all sorts of industries. 

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