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.
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.
1) Wide variety of subjects
2) Chance to change careers
3) More contact time with tutors/peers
1) Is a further degree in your subject really necessary?
2) Financial cost
3) Will your course include work placements?
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.
1) Focus on one topic that interests you
2) Gain an insight into what PhD study is like
3) Useful for research-based careers
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?