A Masters course can help you gain access to a different career path and make you a specialist in your field. Discover what it can lead to…
Many skills gained from a Masters degree can be applied to lots of jobs but some occupations require a specific postgraduate qualification. For example, to become a solicitor you need to do the Legal Practice Course (LPC) while a Master of Engineering (MEng) will be highly valued for a job as a chartered engineer.
The most common jobs held by recent Masters graduates include:
Using a career-planning tool such as what jobs would suit me? can also help you to find a career that matches your skills and interests.
Generally, employers do not have separate recruitment practices for undergraduate and postgraduate students. As a result, Masters graduates can look for jobs in the same places as those with a first degree: online job boards; newspapers; trade publications and through speculative applications. Get advice and help with finding job vacancies.
There are some employers who specifically require the higher level skills and technical abilities of Masters subjects but these are often found in very specific vocational areas such as science and engineering.
Some employers may not distinguish between Masters and first degree graduates, so it's important that you understand and are able to articulate to employers the higher level skills and specialist knowledge you have gained during your Masters degree and what value that might have to potential employers.
In addition to subject-specific knowledge and skills, you will have gained a number of general skills that are desirable to employers, these include:
You can increase your chances of getting a job by carrying out work experience and internships and joining a professional body.
A PhD is a long and difficult process that can take a number of years to complete. It can be life changing, time consuming and shouldn't be considered lightly.
A research Masters is often seen as the precursor to a PhD. About 40% of graduates who do a Masters in research go on to do some form of further study, either full time or part time while working. Of those people, the majority do a PhD.
Many students choose to do a PhD to gain the relevant qualification to become an academic or an industry researcher. However, there are very few other jobs that demand a PhD. Find out more about what's involved in a PhD.
Of the 42,000 Masters graduates who finished their courses in 2012, three-quarters were in employment six months after graduation. Of those who got a job in the UK, more than 80% were in professional or managerial jobs, compared to just over 60% of first degree graduates.
|Working and studying||5%|
|Business, HR and financial||12.1%|
|Technicians and other professionals||8.9%|
Postgraduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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