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How to choose a rewarding Master’s degree

Postgraduate study is usually chosen by students who would like to learn more about a particular subject or are keen to expand their skills to apply for a better job. Studying a Master’s degree in the UK can be particularly expensive and the many courses on offer can make selecting a course difficult. The following points provide some advice to assist you in selecting the right postgraduate course for you:

  • Study something you like: Postgraduate courses can have a high work load, where many exams and coursework have to be completed in a short space of time. It will make life much easier for you and allow you to appreciate the course material more if you are interested in the subject.
  • Select course based on chosen future career: It is easier to select a postgraduate course if you have a particular career in mind, as this allows you to do research and find the requirements of certain jobs. Some jobs may not require post-graduate study whereas others would require study in specific courses. According to UK government research, 14% of all UK jobs require a postgraduate qualification.
  • Improves your professional skills: The knowledge and skills gained from a postgraduate course should enable future employers to see you as a valuable candidate and would thus be more keen to offer better terms when starting a job.
  • Benefits outweigh costs: Postgraduate degrees can be expensive. According to data presented by QS, the average international fee for classroom based programs in 2014-15 was £12,390, although the majority of courses range from between £10,000 and £13,000. You should consider carefully the benefits you will gain from the postgraduate course compared to the cost of the programme.

Further details from this list can be found in the links below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/298510/working-futures-2012-2022-main-report.pdf

http://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/student-finance/how-much-does-it-cost-study-uk

23rd August 2018

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