News The life expectancy of baby girls born in some parts of England has exceeded 100 years for the first time

Children born in one northern town can reportedly expect – on average – to live to 105

Special attention: The rising demand for Masters in management courses

Whether a specialist Masters degree or high-end MBA, there’s a course out there to suit you.

New pension won't feather your Nest

Auto-enrolment scheme is good news, but it may not give everyone a comfortable old age

Enhance your employability

A starter qualification, the MBM has gained a strong presence in the market

Learn to take control of your career

When you need an edge in the workplace, it's time to take a course, writes Virginia Matthews

Postgrad Queries: Should I take an MBA or MSc? What's the best way into international relations?

I would like to change my career from veterinary science to something in the international relations field. I’m Portuguese and work as a vet in London. What steps do you recommend?

Travelling habits of high-flying professionals: Why graduates with MBAs are the most likely to work abroad

As he tees off at an exclusive Hong Kong golf course, Avijit Choudhury has come a long way since he quit his job in relationship management for a financial trading software company in London.

MBA scholars can whet their appetites on summer taster programmes

Love at first sight? You might not think a business school, with its endless corridors, lecture halls and leatherette lounges, could weave much of a spell. But for people who have spent years crunching numbers in anonymous offices, that first date with a classroom whiteboard can sometimes seem like heaven.

The big rebalancing act: Cable's plans for broken britain

The Secretary of State for Business will today spell out how he hopes to change the shape of the economy. Can he succeed?

Amazon squares up to Apple with its own Kindle

Web giant buys out touchscreen company 'in bid to develop e-reader'

Fall in official unemployment rate masks rise in the 'hidden jobless'

Figures show 8 million 'economically inactive' people as job market shrinks

Bankers angry over windfall tax on bonuses

Banking chiefs today reacted angrily to suggestions that a windfall tax on bonuses could be included in the Chancellor's Pre-Budget Repor

Film Sequels - love at second bite

The second film in the 'Twilight' series is thriving at the box office and new research suggests that there is a formula for the perfect sequel. Kaleem Aftab reports

Iberia losses take the shine off BA merger

Analysts warn that British Airways pension deficit could still ruin the deal

Future 'not bright' for 3 following rival merger deal

3, the smallest of the mobile network operators in the UK, will have to "fundamentally" change its business model in the wake of Orange's proposed tie-up with Deutsche Telekom, and could itself become a takeover target, analysts warned yesterday.

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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
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Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform