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How A Masters Degree Can Help Your Career

We explain some of the career benefits you might experience with a Masters degree.

1. Career Advancement

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Many studies suggest that earning a Masters qualification will increase your earning potential. Although it's not a guarantee, having a Masters degree on your CV does make it more likely that you’ll earn a higher salary. This is true of both taught Masters (MSc) and research Masters degrees (MScR)

Statistics show that full-time employed, working-age postgraduates in the UK had an average salary of £39,000 in 2017, compared with £33,000 for working-age undergraduates.*

*Graduate labour market statistics, 2017

Furthermore, many of our Masters programmes offer the best path forward for certain jobs or promotions and help to prepare our students for specific exams and training. For example, many of our Edinburgh Surgery Online Masters help prepare surgeons for the MRCS and FRCS exams. 


2. Enhanced Knowledge And Expertise

A Master's degree is a postgraduate qualification designed to give you in-depth knowledge of a particular subject area. 

So it goes without saying that once you complete an MSc, you'll be well-equipped to transfer that knowledge to your chosen career path. In fact, many of our online degrees are designed to provide you with expertise that you can use practically week in, week out, and improve your work even before you graduate. 

Having a Masters degree on your CV also shows employers and bosses that you've made an effort to enhance your skills in the job market and keep up-to-date with industry trends. 

Finally, a Masters also helps you earn the skills needed to transfer to an entirely new career if needed. That's how Bex, one of our current students, transitioned from a 9-5 admin job to a role as an assistant ecologist. 


3. Networking Opportunities

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Masters degrees offer you an immediate opportunity to network with people working in similar fields from all over the world. 

Whether it's your tutors or fellow students, you will build up a network of contacts who may well prove useful in any future career move. 

And after you graduate from the University of Edinburgh, you’ll have yet more opportunities to connect with like-minded people working within your field of study (and beyond).

You’ll be invited to join our online professional network, Platform One. You can use this network to connect with industry peers, ask questions of your fellow students and share advice once you’ve graduated yourself. 

There are also plenty of alumni clubs and societies based around the world, allowing you to access an established community of fellow graduates.




Career Benefits of Online Learning

Watch the video below to find out how our online Masters are helping current students and graduates. We also offer a range of on-campus taught masters

Video: Career Benefits of Online Learning
Online students and graduates discuss how their masters programmes are benefiting their career development.


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