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Fancy a lifetime of imaginative work? Try the animation industry...

The diversity of the animation industry is reflected in the wide range of courses available to postgraduate students. Options range from traditional drawing-focused MA programmes to highly technical MSc options looking at game-engine design, and 3D computer modelling.

Postgrad Lives: ‘You get to put your own spin on every area’

Liam Maloney, 26, is nearing the end of a part time MSc in music and creative industries management at Bolton University.

Teaching the right brain to manage the left brain

Although the predicted cuts in public sector funding are yet to translate into substantial job losses, the UK government is already searching for ways that the private sector can plug the employment gap. A postgraduate qualification in cultural management is about more than learning how to run a theatre or “manage creatives”.

Postgrad Queries: How can I become a further education teacher? Should I quit my medical degree?

Q. Is there a postgraduate teaching qualification I can apply for that will prepare me to teach in the FE sector? I don’t think children and younger teenagers are really my cup of tea, but I am attracted to teaching as a career. I'm 24 and have a degree in geography.

Professor Rick Rylance: 'Researchers across all disciplines are highly sought-after by all businesses'

Research Council's UK Champion for research careers

Postgrad Queries: Do I need a Masters to get an IT job? Are there any logistics qualifications?

Q. I'm a first-year undergraduate in computer science, and am already wondering if this will be enough to get me a job in IT at the end. Is it usually necessary these days to have a Masters degree to go straight into a job? If so, is it better to go for a general IT Masters, or to specialise?

Postgrad Lives: ‘You get so much support from the university’

Mark Cund, 39, is midway through a part-time MSc in automotive calibration and control at Birmingham City University.

On top of the world: You could be a globetrotter with geomatics

A postgraduate qualification in geomatics could take you all over the world, from working in the Thames estuary to the furthest reaches of the Arctic. The subject is concerned with gathering and interpreting spatial information, and with the geographic makeup of the natural and built environments; more informally, it's "an unholy alliance of maths and geography", as James Kavanagh, director of land at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), puts it.

Dig deep: The best ways to fund your course

MBAs can open the door to high-flying careers – but they don’t come cheap, warns Michael Prest

Will full-time study become an expensive luxury?

The demand for flexible learning shows no signs of abating.

Bridging the great divide: is it possible to cross from the Arts to Sciences?

Since 1959, and C. P. Snow’s infamous Rede lecture, there has been a queue of intellectuals determined to find a gulf between the two cultures in university education – the Arts and the Sciences.

New year's resolution: get a master's degree

For many postgraduates, the year starts now, says Steve McCormack

Good things come in small packages: Savvy MBA students are shifting their sights to smaller companies

Given the cost of an MBA programme at a top school, it is no surprise that most MBA students have their minds sharply focused, not just on the lessons they will learn from the experience, but where they will be applying them after they have graduated.

Professor John Board: 'Economics has a lot to say about the world'

The new dean of Henley Business School talks to Michael Prest about the future of business education
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