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Posted on 3 Feb '21

So, Where Can a Masters Lead You?

It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has meant that lots of people are approaching postgraduate study as a way of re-skilling or changing career paths. Universities have adjusted quickly to online and blended learning, offering distance learning courses across a whole range of subjects.

This week’s blog is a round-up of a few of the most popular postgraduate disciplines, with key stats from the UK government on average salaries and some suggestions on the kinds of job role that they could lead to.

Masters in Psychology

A Masters in Psychology can be an incredibly versatile qualification, with the scope to ‘convert’ from an unrelated Bachelors degree as well as to specialise in a particular area of the field. These are some of the branches of Psychology you could tackle:

If you want to become a qualified psychologist after graduating, it’s important that you study a programme that’s accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which will allow you to gain the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

The salary prospects for Psychology postgrads are good, with median earnings at £28,100.

For more information, check out our dedicated guide to what you can do with a Masters in Psychology.

Masters in Business

Masters in Business are a popular option both for recent graduates at the beginning of their career and for established professionals looking to ‘skill up’ in a particular area. Depending on your specialism and existing experience, some of the most common pathways for Business postgrads involve role in sectors such as:

  • Accountancy
  • Banking and finance
  • Human resources and recruitment
  • Law
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Masters in Business have excellent earning potential, with median salaries at £39,400. If you’re studying an MBA – usually aimed at experienced business professionals – the median salary is £62,400.

For more information, read our guide to what you can do with a Masters in Business.

Masters in English

Studying a Masters in English (as well as other Arts and Humanities subjects) can be an excellent way to really focus on an area that fascinated you at undergraduate level.

Opportunities after you graduate are incredibly diverse, with your skills sure to be valued by employers including (but not limited to) the following sectors:

  • Advertising
  • Digital marketing
  • Public relations
  • Media
  • Civil service

Unsurprisingly, the publishing industry is also a common destination for English postgraduates, with roles as literary agents and commissioning editors among the typical job titles.

The median earnings of an English Masters graduate is £24,500. You can find out more in our guide to what you can do with a Masters in English.

Masters in Education

Depending on the type of qualification, a Masters in Education can be geared towards experienced teachers looking to deepen their expertise or more recent graduates wanting to broaden their academic knowledge.

When looking for a programme, you’ll probably come across a few different names: MA Education, MSc Education and MEd. Although some universities use these terms interchangeably, MA and MSc courses are more likely to emphasise academic research, while the MEd is a professional degree with more of a vocational focus.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that it’s often possible to gain a Masters at the same time as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), which is the usual route for gaining qualified teacher status (QTS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

While plenty of Education postgraduates do become teachers (or are already employed as teachers), there are plenty of diverse roles you could find yourself in, depending on your specialism and interests:

  • Corporate trainer
  • Education administrator
  • Education policy analyst
  • Educational consultant
  • Instructional designer
  • Special education teacher
  • Teaching English as a second language
  • Tutor

In terms of salaries, the median earnings of an Education Masters graduate is £35,400, while that of a PGCE holder is £29,600.

For more information, read our guide to what you can do with a Masters in Education.

Data sources

We’ve taken these figures from the UK government’s Graduate Outcomes dataset, which looks at the median earnings of UK Masters graduates from English universities in the 2017-18 tax year, five years after finishing their programmes. While the stats are a good indicator of historical performance, you should be aware that they don’t guarantee you’ll have the same salary, with plenty of other factors at play.

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