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1 May 2019

Postgraduate Studies – Taught Masters or Masters by Research?

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For those of you who may be coming towards the end of your undergraduate studies and considering carrying on studying on to masters level but is unsure which type of masters is best suitable, then this week’s blog post if just for you! It will inform you of what a taught masters and masters by research consists of.

Taught masters:

  • This will include some research, similar to a dissertation that is carried out at undergraduate level, but the emphasis will mostly be on learning, which is a similar structure to undergraduate studies, including attending lectures, seminars and completing a dissertation.
  • This is great to enhance your employability and research skills which could develop your knowledge of a pre-studied subject or have the opportunity to study a new subject.
  • The course usually starts in September and usually lasts a year if completed full time or two years if completing part-time however this can vary between subjects.
  • The tuition fees can vary depending upon subject or university, but the entry requirements usually include achieving a minimum of 2:1 at undergraduate level in a relevant subject area.

Masters by Research:

  • This is different to the taught masters as it is not emphasised on learning and attending compulsory lectures and seminars but rather on an independent research project such as setting aims, collecting data, analysing and interpreting the data and being able to draw conclusions from them and evaluate the research conducted as a whole.
  • This is great preparation for continuing on to do a PhD and enhances employability skills such as independent research and analysis.
  • The course usually starts in September and usually lasts a year if completed full time or 18 months if completing part-time however this can vary between subjects.
  • The tuition fees are £4000 on average for full-time, however, universities do offer alumni offers.

For more information on other postgraduate options, click on the link below which includes datils about law qualifications, teacher training, performing arts, MBA and PhD.

https://www.ucas.com/postgraduate/postgraduate-study/what-study

Hope you’ve found this useful and thank you for reading.

By Roshni Dhodakia

I am a third-year student at Edge Hill University, studying English Language. I hope that my blog posts are enjoyable and useful. Feel free to ask me any questions or leave me any suggestions. I hope to hear from you soon and thank you for reading!

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