If you want to increase your subject knowledge or change career direction then a Masters degree could be the best choice
A Masters degree is an academic qualification awarded to individuals who successfully demonstrate a higher level of expertise in a particular field of study.
It is an intense period of study, usually lasting one year full time or two years part time, followed by a thesis.
You can study a Masters in any subject but there are two main types - research and taught - these can then be further broken down into individual qualifications. Some of the most popular are MA (Master of Arts), MSc (Master of Science) and MBA (Master of Business Administration). Other types include:
Taught courses allow you to build on the general knowledge and skills from your undergraduate degree in a more specialised subject. They involve a series of taught modules, delivered through lectures, seminars and practical work. Upon completion of these modules you will be assessed by exams, coursework, dissertations and group projects on the knowledge and skills that you have learned
Research Masters involve more independent study than a taught course as you receive less guidance from tutors. The aim of a research degree is to provide you with in-depth training in a selected discipline through investigative processes. The chosen study and research will be decided between you and your adviser/tutor.
To confirm your eligibility for a Masters programme you need a UK Bachelors degree at a minimum 2:1 or an equivalent qualification. If you haven’t completed a BA Honours degree you could possibly be considered on the basis of your work experience and the relevance of the Masters programme to your role.
To check entry requirements for your chosen career see types of jobs.
If you are an international student then you can test your English language skills to see if you have the required level of English.
Cost is dependent on a range of factors and therefore varies hugely. For example a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) can cost in excess of £60,000, while an MA Journalism, Media and Communications costs around £6,500.
The subject you are studying can often affect fees, for example, a lab-based Masters will usually cost more than a predominantly classroom based degree.
There may be some differences in fees for home and international students depending on which country you are from and what you are studying. For example the Cancer Research and Molecular Biomedicine MSc at The University of Manchester costs £10,500 a year for UK/EU students while international students can expect to pay £21,000
To find out tuition fees for a range of qualifications, search Masters degrees.
To ensure your needs are met by the course you will need to do extensive research to help you draw up a shortlist. You should look at the individual institutions website, department/subject league tables and attend university open days to speak with tutors and have a look around.
When you are searching for a course you need to think about:
These considerations will differ and some will be more important than others depending on your motivations.
To find out what courses are available, search Masters degrees.
The easiest and quickest way is online as you will be able to track the progress of your application. You will need to create an account on your chosen university's website which, in most cases, will allow you to revisit your application several times. This is not always the case so make sure you check with the specific institution.
It's also possible to download an application pack from the website or request one over the telephone. However you apply you need to ensure that you have all of the supporting documentation which will vary but can include:
Most application forms will ask you:
Find out more about applying for postgraduate courses.
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