5 myths about master's programs in Great Britain

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MYTH 1: It is expensive to follow a master's program in Great Britain:

Following a master's program is definitely an investment regardless of whether you decide to do it in the nearest city or in the other side of the world, but the good news is that universities abroad are increasingly aware of this and offer financing solutions, in addition, there are other methods to keep the investment to a minimum.  

in Great Britain, fees for a Master’s degree start at £5,000/year and there is the possibility of accessing a government loan for master's studies of up to £11,836. Even a master's in London starts from £5000 for home students and  £12000 for International students with the possibility to get discounts. 

Great Britain is still among the favourite study destinations of students in the world precisely because it offers the possibility of completing the master's program in 1 year, which automatically implies a significant reduction in the final costs allocated to accommodation and living.

MYTH 2: I can get financing only if I have extraordinary results

Great Britain offers the possibility of accessing a loan of up to £11,836 and it is offered to citizens who have not reached the age of 60 on the first day of the start of the course, obtained pre-settled or settled status and have lived at least for 3 years in the UK or EU (for European Union citizens).

These loans can fully cover the tuition fee expenses and some maintenance expenses, they should be repaid back only after graduating and when having at least £27000 as an annual salary.  

MYTH 3: I have to study the same field I studied in my undergraduate degree

Not always, but universities want to see that there is basic knowledge in the field you are applying for. Practically, if you want to apply for a master's program in Applied Mathematics and your bachelor's degree is with a specialisation in Literature, you will most likely not be accepted, and not because you do not have a bachelor's degree in Mathematics, but because it will be difficult for you to understand certain concepts.  

Yes, it is frequently possible to obtain a master's degree in a subject area other than that of your undergraduate degree. Numerous programs value the distinct work experiences and areas of expertise that individuals with various bachelor's degrees bring to the program.

To assist you in better understanding your academic options, we have gone one step further and prepared a list of specific master's degrees you can obtain with any bachelor's degree below: 

  • Master of Arts (MA)  in English and Humanities
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Education
  • Master of Arts (MA)  in Interior Design
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Forensic and Legal Psychology
  • Master of Science(MSc) in Information Technology
  • Master of Science (MSc)in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Science (MSc)  in Cybersecurity
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Healthcare Management
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Health Education and Promotion
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) 

Finance, public relations, public health, project management, marketing, nutrition, occupational therapy, social work, and information systems security are some excellent master's-level study areas that do not necessitate a bachelor's degree in a particular profession.

MYTH 4: It is difficult to recover the investment in a master's program

The DLHE Longitudinal Survey figures indicate that postgraduates are 20% more likely to occupy a senior/management position.

These figures are also supported by the Graduate Labor Market Survey developed by the United Kingdom Government, which found a high rate of employment among postgraduate students aged between 16 and 64 was 77.8% in 2017, compared to 65.5% among bachelor's graduates. Graduates of programs such as Engineering Management, Strategy, Marketing, Business, Computer Science, and Economics are often found in the lists of the best-paid employees.

MYTH 5: I cannot have a job during the master's program

Universities abroad offer flexible options regarding master's programs, precisely a good part of the students decide to work in parallel, especially since EU students have no restrictions on the labour market in Europe. Here are just a few options that would help you share or get a job during your studies:

Different start dates: Many institutions offer master's programs with a start date in January or maybe later. Many students choose a master's program starting in January because their job allows them to miss a calendar year, not an academic one.

Evening and weekend study options or even part-time studies. 

Online programs: if you already have a job and don't want to give it up, but it's still a priority to study a subject at the postgraduate level, you can choose one institution that offers online master's programs. 

Yes, there will always be strong employers in the UK looking for the best professionals. With a master's degree obtained from one of the island's universities, employment at such a company can become very easy. That's because a degree from a UK institution carries a lot of weight.

Such a diploma is a guarantee for any employer that his future employee is a real professional, very well trained, on whom he can count.