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Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


31 May 2017 1.1K Book icon 3 mins Share

Popular Postgraduate Programmes for Indian Students Abroad

Are you planning to go abroad and enrol on a postgraduate degree? This article examines some of the most popular and high-value postgraduate programmes for Indian students.

31 May 2017 1.1K Book icon 3 mins Share
Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


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Every year thousands of students leave India to join a postgraduate degree abroad. The USA, the UK, Singapore and Australia are the top study destinations, and a few students also join a postgraduate programme in countries like Germany, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

Postgraduate study options like the MBA, M.Tech and MS in Engineering Sciences never run out of fashion and always draw a high number of applications. In a recent study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) the USA, a number of leading companies were asked to fill a survey form on their future hiring plans. The results show the hiring traits of these companies and what kind of degree-holders they plan to hire.

A snapshot of the top postgraduate study options (2017) with a greater chance of finding a job is reproduced below:

Based on the respondents' answers, they are more likely to hire MBA graduates this year, followed by those with degrees in Finance and Accounting.  

Last year, the MBA, Computer Science, Information Systems and core engineering options remained as popular as ever

The rise of Finance and Accounting has been noted in the aftermath of the global economic crisis that has experts going gung-ho about postgraduate degrees in subjects like Economics, Accountancy, Finance and Statistics. 

Erstwhile, the data looked like:

The above stats were earlier predictions that showed high number of employers hiring people with finance and accounting backgrounds. Logistics and Supply Chain Management is nowhere in the picture in the current stats of 2017, but it's slowly evolving as a full-fledged study area of its own after being in the shadow of the MBA for many years. With businesses expanding and the distance from a product’s source to the end-user’s residence increasing, a degree in Supply Chain Management is highly valued and promising.

Let us undertake a simple case-study: the glass of tea with which you start your day, have you ever wondered about the journey it has undergone to reach your kitchen? From sprawling tea estates in Darjeeling, Assam or Ooty, to the processing factories where they are packed, then dispatched to state distributors, who pass it on to local stores; the journey is fascinating. Making this work are the people who have a strong knowledge of Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Dual Degrees:

Employers are looking to hire talented people who can straddle multiple roles with ease. Degrees like Masters in Engineering Systems Management, Masters in Information Systems, Masters in Hospitality Management, etc., combine management principles with specific subjects. These degrees are quite popular among employers.

Off the Beaten Track:

Did you know that video-game testing is a full-time job? Leading companies like Microsoft, Sony, EA and Marvel hire people just to play their upcoming video games, spot bugs and give feedback? How cool is that for a job? Let us look at some masters programmes that offer the scope of a well-paying job.

Big Data Analytics

In the era of Facebook, Instagram,Twitter and advertising through social media, a postgraduate degree in Data Analytics, Business Data Analytics or Big Data Analytics can be an extremely lucrative choice. With companies all around the world and across industries trying to analyse user behaviour and customer trends an MSc in Data Analytics is a great option.

Animation/Graphic Design/Gaming Design

Let us face the truth, Apple and Android created a market for apps and mobile phone games that have made travelling long distances a joy-ride. From insanely addictive games like ‘Angry Birds’ and ‘Candy Crush’ to apps that monitor your fitness; there is a massive demand for talented animation artists and graphic designers.Popular degrees are - MA in Graphic Design, MA in Animation and an MA in Games Design.

Related: Singapore, a hub for animation design courses


When a section of society keeps focusing on dieting to lose weight; thousands die every day because of malnutrition, lack of food and various diseases. Programmes like the MSc in Biotechnology, MSC in Microbiology and MSc Bioinformatics are instrumental in devising methods to improve agricultural production, develop medicines and create an information database on improving the quality of human life.

Whichever country you choose to study, do your research thoroughly before you apply to an institution. You can browse through our extensive list of institutions and courses to find a postgraduate programme of your choice.

Image credits: Forbes

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