A postgraduate taught course represents a significant step-up from what you will have encountered during your undergraduate studies. Although academically more demanding, a postgraduate taught course will provide you with a considerable number of benefits:

1. Enhanced Employability
The skills and qualities you develop during your studies will enhance your CV and help you stand out in a highly competitive graduate employment market.

The combination of taught modules, course work and dissertation will improve your organisational skills, time management and ability to meet deadlines.

You can also expect to further develop your transferable skills in the following areas:

  • Communication and teamwork
  • Project management
  • Data analysis
  • IT
  • Independent thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving

At the end of your studies, the additional qualification you have acquired will demonstrate to employers that you have determination, experience and the ability to develop high level knowledge.

The Sutton Trust has estimated that an individual with a master’s level qualification can expect to earn over £200,000 more over a 40 year working life than someone holding a Bachelor’s degree only.

2. Intellectual reward
A postgraduate taught course will allow you to pursue a specialist area of interest that you developed during your previous studies or in your career. Our master's programmes enable you to specialise through optional modules and a final dissertation or research project, which is completed on a subject of your own choosing. You will have the flexibility to build a programme of study which reflects your own unique interests and which will prove both interesting and intellectually rewarding.

3. Prepare for PhD research
Many students choose to undertake a postgraduate taught course to prepare themselves for future PhD study. The advanced knowledge and specialist skills you acquire will provide an excellent foundation for the next level of study and allow you to progress your PhD research more quickly. A master's qualification can also help you secure PhD funding from Research Councils.

4. Convert to a new subject area
If you already have a degree but are yearning for a change of direction, a taught postgraduate programme can give you the opportunity to move into an entirely new area. We offer a number of conversion courses which are open to graduates of any subject area and can help you take the first steps towards a new and rewarding career.