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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?

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UK ‘has some of the highest and most volatile food prices’, claims Oxfam

Britons face some of the highest and most volatile food prices in Western Europe, according to research published today.

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Food poverty in UK has reached level of 'public health emergency', warn experts

The Government may be covering up the extent to which austerity and welfare cuts are adding to the problem

Happiness can be bought, apparently, but only to a point

Experts confirm that money does buy happiness – but only up to £22,100

It is widely accepted that money can’t buy you love. Now a new study has found that it can buy you happiness – but only up to a point.

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No More Page 3 protests erupt nationally

Campaigners call for weekend protests across the country to "celebrate women" on the 43rd anniversary of Page 3

A large, rocky asteroid is what is left of a watery world that may once have been a habitable planet

In a galaxy far, far away... a water world capable of supporting life

Astronomers find the first rocky planet with vast oceans beyond our Solar System

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The hottest 5 per cent of summer days have become hotter since 1950 and thermometer readings in the south have risen far more than they have in the north

Another sign of the growing North-South divide, but this time it's climate change

Detailed study shows inconsistent impact of climate change on weather across Europe

Vince Cable: Complacency could ruin economic recovery

Business Secretary will also signal his fears over the risk of a fresh housing bubble as property prices rise 'out of control'

Scientists are hoping that haricot beans could soon be grown in Britain

All in the genes: The quest for a British baked bean

They are found in every kitchen and have kept students from going hungry for generations. But none of the billions of baked beans eaten in the UK grow on British soil – yet.

Can taking an elective module help boost your grade?

Work smart not hard. The maxim loved in the corporate world might also hold the key to academic success, suggests Eilidh Wagstaff

Miriam O'Reilly has won her landmark victory against the BBC after a two-year court case

After Falkirk, another selection wrangle looms for Labour - with ageism campaigner versus recent politics graduate

Will Nuneaton candidate be 56-year-old Harman-backed Miriam O'Reilly or 22-year-old local Victoria Fowler?

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The Warwick University protest is yet another sign that students aren't going to take it any more

This latest protest proves that students have had enough of marketisation in higher education, says Michael Segalov

The industry, centred around London’s Silicon Roundabout, is rocked by the row over the firm founded by Mike Lynch

The rise of the graduate entrepreneur

Britain's booming tech industry is gasping for new talent and fresh ideas. Duncan Hopwood examines the options open to bright graduates

Review: A Very British Killing, By AT Williams

“Who will care for my children now?” Those were the last, lamentable words of the 26-year-old hotel receptionist Baha Mousa, whose bruised face and battered body have, since his death in 2003 while under arrest by British troops, become one of the most notorious images to emerge out of the Allied occupation of Iraq.

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Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
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The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
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The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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