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Master's Degrees - Key Information

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Last Updated:

21st January 2014

First Published:

23rd May 2013

Studying, Master's Degree

What is a Master’s Degree?

 

A Master’s degree is a type of postgraduate qualification that can be either taught or research-based. Courses are typically a year long and often culminate in a dissertation or project which forms a considerable portion of the grade you’ll receive at the end (often marked by Pass, Merit or Distinction). Master’s degrees can be split into two main types: a Master of Arts degree (MA) and a Master of Science (MSc).

 

 

Types of Master’s Degree

 

 

A Master of Arts Degree is the qualification awarded for a Master’s degree studied in an “Arts” subject, such as Literature, History or Social Studies. These types of qualification often end in a dissertation, in which you will write at length on a specific topic.

 

 

A Master of Science Degree is similar to an MA, but concerns “Science” subjects such as Physics and Mathematics. As with an MA, these courses will usually last for a year.

 

 

Why do a Master’s?

 

 

A Master’s degree is an excellent way of furthering your knowledge of a particular subject; it can enhance your employment prospects by equipping you with a certain skill-set or act as a gateway into further education (by bridging the gap between an undergraduate degree and a PhD). A Master’s degree is also an internationally recognised qualification, meaning overseas employers and educators should see its value.

 

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