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?
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.
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).
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.
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.
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?