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?

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As Warwick targets a London campus, Mark Leftly looks at how British MBAs are attracting students across the world

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Age: 46

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Returning to education is tough but worthwhile, discovers Russ Thorne

The RBS ESSA Awards: Rewarding the UK’s top student societies

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Russ Thorne takes a closer look at the growing popularity of the IB

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A poet and you know it

Those keen to develop a natural gift for words can benefit from an MA in creative writing, says Russ Thorne

Philosophy: Far more than a witty remark

Studying philosophy equips you with an adaptable mind and vital life skills, writes Russ Thorne

Whatever killed Gloucestershire deer, it wasn't a panther...

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The carcass of this deer bears the hallmarks of a killing by a big cat

Will DNA tests solve the mystery of Gloucestershire big cat sightings?

It began with dark mutterings in the local pub, that a strange beast might be stalking the woods around the little village of Woodchester, savaging the local wildlife and frightening local dog walkers.

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