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Is a Masters degree more difficult than a Bachelors?

It is fair to say that postgraduate degrees tend to be more challenging than undergraduate ones. Of course, the more time and effort you put into a course, the more you are likely to get out of it. But it is also fair to say that perceptions postgraduate study might be a step too far for some people, are usually unfounded.

The entry criteria for postgraduate study differs from course to course, but usually a second-class honours degree or significant experience in a relevant field of work is required.

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What are the main differences?

The duration and levels of difficulty vary depending on the type of degree you may be after - postgraduate certificates or diplomas, for example, are shorter and less demanding than a Masters course. However, all of our qualifications expand on the knowledge you have learned during your undergraduate degree and are designed to improve your career prospects.

It is common for postgraduate students to invest more time in their studies – from reading research to conducting your own, you can expect to be more involved with the academic side of student life than the social side of it. Classes are smaller in student numbers, which means that you are able to engage more with group discussions, as well as build a closer working relationship with your tutors and benefit from their support.

For students progressing straight onto a postgraduate course from their undergraduate degree, studying full-time tends to be the preferred option. While for students returning to university, who may now have work or family commitments, most courses are also available on a part-time basis to help make study more accessible.

Things you will enjoy

Many students choose a postgraduate course that follows on from their first degree, meaning you will be able to learn more about something you’re interested in. You will also get the opportunity to to dig further into a particular area of a subject you enjoy and take your knowledge to the next level. You will have the chance to explore new concepts, break new territory and contribute new knowledge to your chosen field, instead of mainly learning about and reviewing existent theories.

In contrast, some students also decide to take their studies in a different direction and learn something completely new, broadening their knowledge and career options. It’s completely up to you. With more than 190 courses available – you’ve certainly got plenty of choice.

If you study a Masters, working on your dissertation is another aspect of postgraduate study that you can look forward to. As well as further developing your research, analysis and writing, it’s an opportunity to embrace and become an expert in a topic that interests you.

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Why do it?

You’ll graduate with even more. From greater earning potential, a deeper knowledge of a subject area you enjoy or enhancing your career prospects by learning something completely new, there are many reasons to continue your studies with a postgraduate course. According to the latest Graduate Labour Market Statistics, released in 2018, postgraduates earn an average of £6,000 more than their undergraduate counterparts, while 97.7% of Leeds Beckett postgraduates are in work or further study six months after graduating.

A big part of being a postgrad student is making great connections and lasting relationships that could help you in the future. Whether it’s like-minded students, members of the teaching team, or guest lecturers, creating a valuable network to support you in your career can be one of the most rewarding experiences of further study and, when it comes to finding a job, help you get your foot in the door.

Government loans up to £11,222 are also available for many of our Masters courses and work in a very similar ways to the undergraduate loan scheme.

On top of this, a postgraduate qualification is much more than proof that you have specialist knowledge in your field – it is also evidence of determination, persistence and intellectual ability, all of which will help to ensure you recognise and pursue all of the personal and professional growth opportunities that come your way.

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