Student

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?

Film: Requiem for my friend the director

The late Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski is being remembered in a short festival this weekend. The maker of a new documentary tells David Winner about the man, while Nick Kimberley looks at film music and a work written in memory of the dead film-maker

Accounts of battle divide protagonists

AS BATTLES of words go, it is not that violent. The two protagonists - both Scots - claim to be chums with a shared love of under-performing football teams. And yet for much of the past decade Sir David Tweedie, chairman of the Accounting Standards Board, and Ron Paterson, senior technical partner at the accountancy firm Ernst & Young, have been sniping at each other.

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Obituary: Carol Jeffrey

FEW AUTHORS publish their first book at the age of 98; fewer still would take as its title the nickname her teachers gave her as a schoolgirl. But Carol Jeffrey was unusual in all that she did in her life. Her book That Why Child was published in 1996, two years after her retirement in 1994. It won widespread acclaim in the psychoanalytic and educational press, and in 1997 received the Gradiva Award for best book in the Childhood Related section from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in the United States.

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Health: Psychologists need their heads examined

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The welcome return of Freud

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Health: All of us have evil urges

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Comedy: Gig of the Week - Steve Coogan from tomorrow

Without falling into the cod-psychoanalysis he so abhors, Steve Coogan has a rare ability to "become" other people. He will be demonstrating that once again in The Man Who Thinks He's It, his new show which opens at the Lyceum Theatre in the West End tomorrow. In this, he will be seamlessly taking on the roles of, among others, the yobby Mancunian brother and sister, Paul and Pauline Calf, and the Lothario Latino crooner, Tony Ferrino.

Books: The private lives of Dr Sex

Sex - The Measure of All Things: A Life of Alfred C Kinsey by Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy, Chatto pounds 20

Books: Unsentimental journey

Michele Roberts enjoys sharp new angles on the Diana cult

Obituary: Paul Flamand

PAUL FLAMAND founded his publishing house, Les Editions du Seuil, in 1935, but it was after the Second World War that it achieved its celebrity as one of the most eminent and innovative of French imprints.

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Psychoanalysis may be a costly mistake.

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