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Does a master's degree make you any more employable?

As the possibility of unemployment looms for many, more than 500,000 each year choose to pursue further study in the form of a postgraduate taught programme such as a master's. The motivation behind this decision is often related to belief that a higher-level qualification will result in a better job. But does the CV addition of an MA, MBA or MSc actually improve employment prospects?

Keele University to hike postgraduate fees by as much as a half

Keele University is set to hike its fees for postgraduates by as much as half this year, to the fury of its students.

Students gather in Parliament Square to protest against planned increases in tuition fees and maintenance grant cuts

Postgraduate funding is the hidden tragedy of higher education in the UK

It's no wonder overseas students outnumber UK postgrads - there simply isn't the financial support for them

Think Harvard's too hard to get into? Think again

The Kennedy Scholarship programme allows Brits the chance to study at the most famous university in the world

Oxford University ditches postgrad ‘wealth test’ policy

Institution axes controversial means test after a student sues them for discriminating against the poor

Postgraduates 'get better jobs'

New research suggests that staying on in higher education improves employment prospects

What to do with your end-of-Masters freedom

In the next month or so, your year's worth of dissertation hell will be over. Harriet Williamson has a few ideas on how to fill your time

From armed rebels to government officials: First Sudanese MBA student receives AMBA's top honour

Student of the year Husameldin Elnasri speaks about his experiences at Lancaster University and the hopes he has for his homeland Sudan

Masters degrees: Pricey, but is it worth it?

It's not cheap and you're often left to your own devices. Harriet Williamson, doing an MA at York, ponders whether or not she's getting her money's worth

£25m boost to postgraduate funding

Universities and colleges are to be given extra money to encourage poorer students to continue studying after gaining their degrees, David Willetts has announced.

An ode to my MA dissertation

It's hard work and the end might not always be in sight - but it's important to love what you're studying, says Harriet Williamson

Postgraduate queries: Social work, affording a Masters and stage management

Q: I am interested in becoming a social worker, and want to know what path you'd recommend, after I graduate in history this summer.

Research matters: 'How can we help young talents develop?'

RCUK wants to know how you've used your PhD, says Rick Rylance

The science of giving back: An MSc in social work

It's sometimes thought that undergraduate life is too closeted to provide any real preparation for the world of work. One career path that illustrates this neatly is social work. How could life in lecture theatres, seminars and nightclubs prepare a 21-year-old for the potential anguish and grit of social work?

The 2011 riots offer many areas for criminological study

Postgraduate criminology: Investigating criminal minds

A life in criminology isn't for the faint of heart, says Jessica Moore, but it can help make society safer

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