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Taught v Research: Which Masters will you choose?
Karam Filfilan

research v taughtAs a graduate, choosing the type of program you want for study abroad is going to be key. Do you want to continue with a taught course, or is time to go into research?

 

A Masters degree is all about giving yourself an opportunity to further your knowledge of a particular subject or make a career break and move in an entirely different direction. Here are the pros and cons of taught v research degrees.

 

 

Taught masters

 

Almost any subject can be taken as a taught Masters program. The course will generally follow a similar format to that of your undergraduate degree, with lectures, seminars and tutorials, followed by a dissertation or major project at the end.

 

Pros

 

1)      Wide variety of subjects

2)      Chance to change careers

3)      More contact time with tutors/peers

 

Cons

 

1)      Is a further degree in your subject really necessary?

2)      Financial cost

3)      Will your course include work placements?

 

Research masters

 

Research degrees are generally seen as a way of getting into academia. This is where you get to take a subject and examine it in greater depth in a way you want to. You could take an MRes or MSc by Research which will equip you with the skills to go onto a PhD.

 

Pros

 

1)      Focus on one topic that interests you

2)      Gain an insight into what PhD study is like

3)      Useful for research-based careers

 

Cons

 

1)      Can be a lonely experience

2)      Can you sustain your interest in one topic?

3)      Getting a less rounded skill set

 

Which program will you choose?