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Five Reasons to Study a Master's Degree

Want to know why you should do a Master’s degree? Whether you’re nearing the end of your undergraduate or you graduated several years ago, the decision to continue studying at university for another year and complete a Master’s is a particularly important one, but it’s not always an easy one. There are plenty of reasons why you would want to do a Master’s course, and if you’re looking for a few of them to justify the extra costs of further education, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out our top five reasons to do a Master’s degree. 

Why Study a Master’s Degree?

Improve Your Job Prospects

As we’re all painfully aware, the graduate job market isn’t at its best at the moment. If you’re struggling to kick-start your career, a Master’s degree with a vocational focus can easily give you the edge over rival applicants. Putting your Master's degree on your CV will certainly help it to stand out.

Learn New Skills

Whether you’re interested in a purely vocational Master’s or one that’s more grounded in theory and research, you’ll be sure to learn a plethora of new skills during the course of your further study. As many Master's degree are particularly specialised, these skills will be relevant to your area of study and continue to be useful should you go into a career relating to your course.

Further Your Education

If you’re one of those people who has an insatiable thirst for knowledge, you may find that a three-year undergraduate degree just isn’t enough. If you’re keen to expand your knowledge of a specific subject area and learn more, a Master’s degree could be the answer.

Progress to a PhD

If you really love academia and are considering staying on to do a PhD, a Master’s is not only the perfect gateway, but also the perfect test, as it will help you realise whether or not life in full-time academia is the right decision. It will also help you decide whether you like your university enough to continue studying there for three or more years, or if you'd like to explore other universities.

Make Contacts

Master’s degrees often have smaller class sizes and stronger alumni networks than undergrad courses. This means you’ll have the chance to not only meet a group of like-minded people, but also build useful career contacts for the future.

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