Studying a masters degree abroad will help you expand your horizons, discover a new country and culture, learn a new language and enhance your personal development. There are several routes towards studying a masters degree in the UK including studying for a pre-masters degree. Whichever route you take, here are some ideas to help you with your post graduate career and studies in the right direction.
1. Decision Making
Your first step needs to be making decision about what exactly you want to study. When you open yourself up to the idea of studying abroad, you also open up even more choice when it comes to master’s degree subjects. At this stage it’s useful to think about what your career aspirations are, what you want to get out of your masters degree in the longer term and which subject areas really fuel your passions. Consider your goals and ask yourself which specific skills, specialist knowledge and experience will help you achieve these.
2. Taught Master’s and Research Based
Taught masters are based around structured course modules that are taught in much the same way as your undergraduate degree. That means lectures, tutorials, seminars, lab work or distance learning. While Research based is a type of masters which requires you to carry out your own research project or projects in a specialised field of study. These degree types usually take longer to complete. This type of degree often allows you to specialise on an extremely focused area that really interests you.
3. Choosing a Postgraduate School
Next it’s time to see which universities and colleges appeal to you and to find out more about them. How much are their fees? What are their entry requirements? What does their particular masters degree entail? What kind of student support is available? Finding answers to all of these questions will help you feel more secure in your masters degree choice.
4. Joining a Pre-Masters Programme
A pre-masters is designed to help prepare students for postgraduate study in the UK. Some universities run their own pre-masters programmes, while others may work in partnership with specialist colleges. These programmes are specifically tailored to the needs of international students, not only trying to adapt to a new language, culture and way of life, but also to attain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed on a British masters degree programme. The pre-masters works in much the same way as a foundation course works to help international students get the qualifications they need to gain entry to an undergraduate degree in the UK.