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Jazzza
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I'm getting a bit confused now about doing a Masters. Is it so you can get a better job, maybe in a different area, like if you did English and wanted to do say Management, so you could get a job? Or is it so you can do more in-depth study and research? OK Yeh, I guess its both - but what do most Masters degrees focus on - the research? And if they do, then how does it help people who wanted to use it to get a job after Uni? Employers don't want you to do research do they? They want you to do the job. So how does a Masters help then?
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Several reasons:

1) To learn about another area to increase your job prospects.
2) To increase your knowledge of a particular sub-area of your degree discipline to increase your job prospects or for moving into research.
3) As a pre-requisite for higher research degrees.
4) For some research experience.

Probably more, I'm sure.
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There are generally two types of Masters degrees, Taught & Research.

Taught masters prepare you for a specialist job, which can also be used as a coursework preparation towards a PhD. In the sense, the level is higher than that of undergrad and hence signals to potential employers of your capabilities and motivation.

Research masters prepare you for a PhD.

Other types of Masters are conversion types, where it allows a person to take a combination of undergrad and grad modules in 1 year (rather than go through 3 additional yrs of undergrad).
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The reason I'm doing a Masters in a year is basically to have a shot at a life... it's a long story, but basically, I was MAJORLY screwed over in terms of my undergraduate degree, and unless I want to spend the rest of my life flipping burgers with a BA in Political Science, I need a Masters. The other thing is, I also *want* to do one - I want the research experience, the opportunity to (finally!!!) study at a university I'd actually (gasp!) ENJOY and the job prospects that come with it.

My story is an exception to the rule, really... most people have non-psychotic parents, not the kind to first cite "patriotism" as a reason for sticking their child in a detested university and then dissent from said "patriotism" a mere three years later...

Yeah, I'm really bitter.
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I hope the "detested" university that your parents sent you to wasn't Yale, cos Bush went there...

Actually some parents are psychotic...you get the cold shoulder for picking LSE and they can't go around bragging that their kid is from Oxbridge...

Anyways, all the best with your Masters course. Hope you enjoy your ride this time round
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i think masters degree courses are also good for those people who are looking for a career change, llike an engineer going for a SAP certification along with the Masters in finance.
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Right, so if you want a change of direction or something more focused on a job, you need a taught masters. So on a taught masters they don't start treating you're like your going to be a researcher then?
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