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  Why Should I do a Masters Degree?

Postgraduate study is an opportunity to dive deeper into a subject you love, think bigger with specialist academic guidance, and lead change in the field you choose.

Why should I do a Master’s Degree?

There are lots of benefits to studying a Master’s Degree, from enabling you to pursue your dream career to prolonging the student life a little longer.

Employability

  • The biggest benefit of getting a Master’s degree is increased employability. A Master’s can you help you specialise further in your field, making your knowledge and expertise invaluable to employers. Undertaking a Master’s in a different subject can help to expand your knowledge base, broadening your employment opportunities.
  • For some people, undertaking a Master’s course is the first step towards achieving doctoral status and a full-blown career in academia.
  • Some career paths, particularly within the scientific and technical fields, require you to have a postgraduate degree on your CV.
  • A masters could help you get a promotion in your current workplace. By undertaking a Master’s degree not only are you upskilling yourself but you are also showing your employer that you are dedicated to self-improvement and are willing to share those skills to the benefit of the company.
  • Total career change! If you are looking to change direction with your career a Master’s is a great way to gain knowledge in a completely new field and broaden your employability opportunities.

Enjoyment

  • Maybe you are loving academia and the student life and don’t want it to end. A Master’s is a great way to extend your university years, but make sure this is an active choice and not just because you aren’t sure what else to do. Master’s degrees are hard work and require self-discipline to complete.

  • If you have a real passion for a subject a Master’s degree allows you to dive deeper in to the subject and carry out original research and study.

Things to Consider

  • A Master’s degree requires hard work and commitment to complete successfully. Even taught Master’s courses require a much larger amount of independent study than a bachelor’s degree and research degrees are almost entirely independent, with support from your academic supervisor to keep you on track. So make sure you are ready for the commitment and that this is something you will enjoy.
  • Master’s cost money. The vast majority of people who have undertaken a Bachelor’s degree will have accrued some student debt. Depending on where you are from and your personal circumstances this can vary from a couple of thousand pounds to £50,000+. Master’s courses will add to this student debt, as there are very few funded courses available at this level. You will also need to consider the cost of living as a student for a further 1 to 2 years. There are plenty of student loans, scholarships and bursaries out there though to help with financing your studies. Many universities also offer tuition fee discounts to their alumni.
  • Will it help your career prospects? Will it make a big difference to your career prospects to go straight in to Master’s study from your undergraduate degree, or is it something you should consider returning to later when you are more established within your career.​​​​
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