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    Hello!

    I've recently been thinking of applying for a masters degree at Strathclyde. I've just recently graduated from Edinburgh Napier in July and was wondering if anyone has any thoughts?

    Basically, I'd love to know if you think:
    - a masters degree worth it? I know that's a very broad question and there's a number of different ways an answer could go, but just in general
    - how competitive is strathclyde for masters courses? it's pretty much the only uni i'll look at. the others in glasgow dont do the course i want to do and if i'm paying an arm and a leg (somehow) for the course, i'll have to stay at home
    - are the prices of a masters degree a reflection on how useful the course is? Again, I know that's fairly broad and there's a number of factors depending on what the course is, but i've been looking at three separate courses and per year one is £5,000, another is £9,500 and the last £12,000. It was actually the cheaper one that piqued my interest first, but I'm wondering now if it's worth it compared to the others?

    I know it'll depend on what I want to do later in life and what direction I want to take my career in, but the point of going back to uni is because i'm not really sure what i want to do, and going for a masters seems like a sensible option in the meantime. It might not be worth it in the end, but I don't think it'd be at all detrimental to my career at the end of the day. Besides, I loved the subject of my degree and would actually love to pursue it further to guarantee a higher stake in the industry later on. A masters would really help that, especially in the business/technology field.

    Another thing that I'm thinking is that a masters from Strathclyde - a uni with such a good reputation and great business school - will really boost my CV. Napier was great for my undergrad and I really enjoyed being there, but there's no denying that Strathclyde has a much better status in the academic world. (I mean that in the kindest way possible - like I said, I loved being at Napier and my undergrad was wonderful.)

    This was a bit of a ramble! Sorry about that. If you made it this far, you're a trooper and I'd love to hear what you think.
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    A Masters is not worth it unless the jobs you want to apply for specifically require a Masters, or you want to go on to do a PhD.

    And I doubt Masters courses at Strathclyde are that competitive, it's virtually unknown outside of Scotland.
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    (Original post by Cheesee)
    - a masters degree worth it? I know that's a very broad question and there's a number of different ways an answer could go, but just in general
    Depends what you want it for and why you're doing it. More below.

    - how competitive is strathclyde for masters courses? it's pretty much the only uni i'll look at. the others in glasgow dont do the course i want to do and if i'm paying an arm and a leg (somehow) for the course, i'll have to stay at home
    It seems that competitiveness is not an issue. You only have the option to do a Masters at two unis, and only one runs the course you want to do. Bit if a no-brainer really.

    - are the prices of a masters degree a reflection on how useful the course is?
    Possibly. Basically, it's market forces, which you interpret as you see fit. It could just be that an expensive course is popular with overseas International fee paying students and can be fillied without needing lower-paying Home students. Or maybe that's just generally how much every uni charges for the course, so being cheaper would make the course quality look suspicious. Or it's a course based in professional practice, meaning that many students are sponsored by employers which makes the fees less significant to applicants. Maybe the course is specialist and world leading and is actually worth a higher fee.

    I wouldn't base a judgement about a Masters' quality or usefulness, on its price. If a cheaper one is the "right" one for you, then it's fine.

    the point of going back to uni is because i'm not really sure what i want to do, and going for a masters seems like a sensible option in the meantime.
    Unless money is no object, I'd caution against doing a Masters just because it'll fill in a year while you try to work out a life plan. There's no reason you shouldn't do a Masters for the joy of it, or a fascination with the subject, but you seem to want more out of it as a contribution to your future. Without a feeling for what direction that might take, a Masters could actually work against you. Most people can only afford to do a Masters once in their life - what if you end up in a career where a different Masters would have been useful?

    It's worth considering other options. What about spending that money on a late gap year? A year of travelling and new experiences might end up giving you a better insight into future direction and it will give you a range of transferrable skills. Plus you'll have great memories! Or how about using the money to support yourself while you do some voluntary work? Again, you can try out a range of things from caring to building conservation, whilst doing good and adding to your CV.

    It might not be worth it in the end, but I don't think it'd be at all detrimental to my career at the end of the day. Besides, I loved the subject of my degree and would actually love to pursue it further to guarantee a higher stake in the industry later on. A masters would really help that, especially in the business/technology field.
    If you love the subject and a Masters will get you on in it, then do the Masters. But something is making you hesitate or you wouldn't be on here. Make sure you've considered the alternatives before committing.

    Another thing that I'm thinking is that a masters from Strathclyde - a uni with such a good reputation and great business school - will really boost my CV. Napier was great for my undergrad and I really enjoyed being there, but there's no denying that Strathclyde has a much better status in the academic world. (I mean that in the kindest way possible - like I said, I loved being at Napier and my undergrad was wonderful.)
    Academic rankings mean far less to employers than unis would have you believe. Don't be distracted by the stats. Unless you're looking at somewhere like Oxbridge, Harvard, Yale, LSE, UCL etc., it really isn't an issue. Sometimes world-leading or cutting edge departments can be housed in mediocre unis. Look for the Masters you want to do and forget how much apparent weight the uni name might carry with an employer - because chances are, it won't.
 
 
 
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