By Dr Elizabeth Adey, Founder of Uni Direct
Here’s what you need to consider before making your choice…
Have you got passion for the subject?
You may think this is an obvious question, but there is a big difference between undergraduate and postgraduate study. Just because you successfully studied a particular subject area at Bachelor level, does not necessarily restrict what Master’s degree in the UK that you can choose to study. Having a clear idea about what you want at the end of the course, both in terms of employment and career options, are key factors you should consider when selecting a course that is both relevant and motivating. This is essential for keeping you engaged when it comes down to those long hours of study!
Have you got the commitment?
Many full time Master’s degree courses will require you to attend University from 9 am -5 pm five days a week. Those that have less contact hours will still expect between 6 and 7 hours of study per day. This takes real commitment. Part time courses could also be an option for you. These are offered across most Master’s degree programmes and although it will take longer to complete, it allows you to manage other commitments alongside your study which is often a more realistic option for mature students in particular.
Can you afford it?
Weighing up the investment against the long term gain of employability, career prospects and increased earning potential, can be a tricky calculation. Do your research thoroughly to study for a Master’s degree in the UK. Whilst a Master’s degree qualification does increase starting salaries, some industries fair significantly better than others. It is worth spending the time looking into this now, so that you make the right choice for your career progression. The course fees also differ drastically according to subject and institution. Loans of up to £10,609 to help towards living costs and course fees are available from the UK government and some European governments also offer their own loans. More information on UK loans is available here: https://www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study
When to apply for Masters and what are the entry requirements?
There are no hard and fast rules about when to apply for a Master’s degree in the UK. Unlike the strict deadlines for undergraduate applications, you can apply for Master’s degree programmes directly throughout the year. Naturally, some courses are more competitive than others, so the earlier you apply, the greater the chance of securing the place that you want. Most entry requirements are 2:1, although some courses will consider students with a 2.2. Industry experience is always valued. If you are lacking the academic level asked for, it is always worth getting in contact with us to discuss this . There are also options available to study for a Master’s degree in the UK without an Honours year.
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