As a graduate, choosing the type of program you want to study abroad is going to be key. Do you want to continue with a taught course, or is time to go into research?
A master's degree gives you the opportunity to further your knowledge of a particular subject or make a career break and move in a different direction. Here are the pros and cons of taught and research degrees.
Almost any subject can be taken as a taught master's program. The course will generally follow a similar format to that of your undergraduate degree, with lectures, seminars and tutorials, followed by a dissertation or major project at the end.
- Wide variety of subjects
- Chance to change careers
- More contact time with tutors/peers
- Is a further degree in your subject really necessary?
- Financial cost
- Will your course include work placements?
Research degrees are generally seen as a way of getting into academia. This is where you get to take a subject and examine it in greater depth in a way you want to. You could take an MRes or MSc by research which will equip you with the skills to go onto a PhD.
- Focus on one topic that interests you
- Gain an insight into what PhD study is like
- Useful for research-based careers
- Can be a lonely experience
- Can you sustain your interest in one topic?
- Getting a less rounded skill set