There are three main reasons why postgraduate study is becoming increasingly important.
Firstly, the graduate jobs market is now fiercely competitive and employers will view postgraduate qualifications as a useful measure to distinguish between candidates who hold a first degree. Somebody with a Master’s can on average expect to earn £5,500 more a year – or £200,000 over a 40 year working life - than someone only holding a Bachelor’s degree.
Secondly, taught MAs are designed and taught by academic scholars operating within their areas of research expertise so they provide a vital opportunity for established professionals to refresh and revitalise their existing knowledge and practice in a variety of fields.
Finally, they provide an opportunity for individuals to pursue their interests in literary, cultural or creative fields in an environment which is academically-led and supportive and in the company of like-minded individuals. Online activities and communications will enhance and enlarge this community of learners.
“The syllabus, conceptual framework, aims, and learning outcomes make this module challenging and exciting. The interdisciplinary focus requires complex processes of critical thought, and the better students acquire an impressively rangy vocabulary.” (MA English External Examiner ,2013)
“Every step towards the MA provided us with the correct tools to complete the task, and the reading recommendations and tutor support made it possible in even the most difficult of situations.” (2011-12 MA English graduate)