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Impact on your career

Studying a masters programme can have a hugely positive impact on your career. It may help you stand out from the crowd and may lead to enhanced career earnings compared to those without.

Studying a masters programme:

  • provides the opportunity to learn new skills and further develop existing ones
  • may help you stand out from the crowd
  • may make you highly attractive to prospective employers
  • could lead to higher earnings - those with a masters degree earn on average 9% more than those without*
  • can support you to transition to a new career

*according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies Report R105 (2015)

Masters degrees, employment and earnings (FindAMasters website)

Student testimonials: Impact of online learning in the workplace

Three current students tell us how they take what they've learnt online and apply it in their workplace immediately.

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What did our graduates do next?

Graduates from our online programmes have enhanced their careers with existing or new employers, in a wide range of jobs throughout the world. 

The Careers Service provides data on where graduates from the University go on to next.

Graduate destinations

Changing careers

Studying a masters programme can be a good way to help change careers. Some of our masters programmes do not require you to have studied particular subjects at undergraduate level and may offer places to those with work experience instead.

A masters programme is also a great stepping stone into a PhD programme as the research skills you gain provide a strong base to study at that level.

Skills development

The knowledge and skills you will learn during your masters degree will enhance your CV and make you stand out from the crowd in the competitive jobs market.

Gaining the qualification will show potential employers that you have drive and motivation.  

You will further develop your transferable skills across a wide range of areas such as:

  • time management
  • communication
  • project management
  • critical analysis

I look at data critically now, I can analyse and make conclusions."

Maxmiller GitanoMSc in Global Challenges

Hear from employers of our students

Ciorstaidh has been working on her Equine Science programme for the past 18 months while employed as a head girl at our national hunt training yard. Ciorstaidh is motivated and inquisitive and has been a super employee. She works to a high standard and expects and inspires others to do the same. I would have no hesitation in employing other motivated Equine Science students.

Lucinda RussellRacehorse owner, Arlary House

Hear from our graduates

Clinical Education

In this four-minute video, Clinical Education graduates share their online learning experience, including how their degree impacted their career.

Digital Education

The MSc in Digital Education was enormously beneficial to me in my role as an Education Developer at the University of Southampton. I don't think I would have extended my reach into various communities outside of the University had it not been for the MSc. 

Fiona Harvey

Law

In this three-minute video, David Foster, who studied the LLM in Information Technology Law, discusses his online learning experience and how the degree will impact his career.