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How common are postgraduate and masters in the UK? I have spoken with some of my friends and very few of them are going to aim for masters, while I am very certain that I am going to do a master after my bachelor in Accounting and Finance. Also, it looks like many get summer internships and work experience after their second year. This is very uncommon in my country (I am international student) as most of the interns are fourths or fifths years. Also, very many go further studying at postgraduate level after graduating from their bachelor. If you don't get a master you would probably work as secretary, in customer service, assistant or get irrelevant jobs, unless you are very lucky or talented.

How do you get accepted to a masters in the UK? Do you have to go through numbers of interviews, write personal statements and get references from lecturers?
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How common are postgraduate and masters in the UK? I have spoken with some of my friends and very few of them are going to aim for masters, while I am very certain that I am going to do a master after my bachelor in Accounting and Finance. Also, it looks like many get summer internships and work experience after their second year. This is very uncommon in my country (I am international student) as most of the interns are fourths or fifths years. Also, very many go further studying at postgraduate level after graduating from their bachelor. If you don't get a master you would probably work as secretary, in customer service, assistant or get irrelevant jobs, unless you are very lucky or talented.

How do you get accepted to a masters in the UK? Do you have to go through numbers of interviews, write personal statements and get references from lecturers?
Doing a masters isn't as common in the UK as it is in many other countries, simply because it isn't needed for many careers and it costs money (the student loan system that covers tuition fees for your undergraduate can't be used for your ordinary masters).

For some careers, you can do a professional qualification after your degree while working - and depending on what degree you did and where some of these qualifications take this into account and credit it towards your qualification - in Accounting you are looking for a chartered accountant status: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charter...United_Kingdom

Sometimes, a master is useful to get into a more specialised career (in your case maybe something like investment banking) or to advance your career further / faster with for example an MBA.

Doing an internship during summer is always advisable, most internships at the top employers are open to students before entering their final year (summer before, or some programmes also include a sandwich year where you spend a year in industry).
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Doing a masters isn't as common in the UK as it is in many other countries, simply because it isn't needed for many careers and it costs money (the student loan system that covers tuition fees for your undergraduate can't be used for your ordinary masters).

For some careers, you can do a professional qualification after your degree while working - and depending on what degree you did and where some of these qualifications take this into account and credit it towards your qualification - in Accounting you are looking for a chartered accountant status: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charter...United_Kingdom

Sometimes, a master is useful to get into a more specialised career (in your case maybe something like investment banking) or to advance your career further / faster with for example an MBA.

Doing an internship during summer is always advisable, most internships at the top employers are open to students before entering their final year (summer before, or some programmes also include a sandwich year where you spend a year in industry).
I know that the summer internships are very competitive, especially among the top firms in banking, accountancy and consulting. But what about the mid-tier sized firms, how is the competition there?

Of course I want to get an internship at the Big 4 and so, but as an international student, I know it would be hard.
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