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Posted June 20, 2022

How can an online MSc help my career?

University of Bath MScIn the UK, master's degrees are highly regarded by employers.

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In a market where it is increasingly difficult to distinguish between candidates, this qualification shows your ability to commit to an intense and sustained period of work.

Studying for an online MSc offers several benefits, which we look to explore here.

Increasing your knowledge

By choosing to study a master's degree, you’re committing to extend your knowledge and specialise within a particular field.

Studying online at the University of Bath, you’ll have the opportunity to learn through some excellent research, in fact 92% of our research is defined as world-leading or internationally excellent.

University of Bath online MSc courses provide the perfect mix of intellectual challenge, real-world insight and outstanding student experience, in readiness for the next stage of your career.

“I remember after finishing the first two modules at Bath I realised that the quality, intensity and amount of knowledge I received in the past four months outweighed all that I’ve been learning in the previous year through the various online courses.”

Mohammad Dasseh, Computer Science online MSc student

Achieving an edge

In an increasingly competitive jobs market, a postgraduate degree sets you apart from other candidates.

The Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2021 shows the postgraduate employment rate (88.2%) is substantially higher than for non-graduates (70.2%). Furthermore, the proportion of postgraduates in high-skilled roles (77.4%) exceeds that of graduates (65.2%) and non-graduates (24.3%). The University of Bath is ranked 2nd for job prospects by the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022.

“I’ve got a new job with better benefits because this course has already started to fill in the gaps in my knowledge. Plus studying part-time while working helps you to stand out from other interview candidates and showed my dedication to my career, to my previous manager and to my new one.”

Jess Crees, Computer Science online MSc student

Boosting your earnings

Adding an MSc to your credentials puts you in a stronger position to secure a higher salary than someone who’s chosen to work their way up the corporate ladder.

Data from the Department of Education shows that employers generously reward those who have committed to postgraduate education. In 2021, postgraduates earned a median salary of £42,000, which was £6,000 more than graduates and £16,000 more than non-graduates.

Becoming better connected

Studying an online MSc, you’ll instantly increase your professional network and make contacts across the world. At the University of Bath, one in three of our students are international, coming from over 132 countries.

From the first day of your course, you’ll be granted access to the Virtual Learning Environment, where you’ll be able to engage with this international community, collaborate with your peers and build relationships that go far beyond the classroom and out into the professional world.

“My cohort and I are actually more connected and closer to each other than I thought we would be. Last week I video  called my classmate in Canada to work on a problem for our group assignment. […] I look forward to meeting them all on our graduation day!”

Mohammad Dasseh, Computer Science online MSc student

Changing your career

When we’re new to the world of work, we often make decisions about what our future career will look like, but we don’t always get it right. According to a 2018 study by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), the average worker in Britain thinks about changing career no less than 10 times a year, and almost 20% are considering retraining to do just that.

Studying an online MSc, will give you the flexibility to continue working while acquiring the skills to make the switch. Studying online at the University of Bath – which is ranked 8th in the UK for undergraduate study by The Guardian University Guide 2022 – you can be sure your future career is in good hands.

Studying an online MSc at the University of Bath

University of BathEnriched by world-class, research-led teaching and the latest digital tools, our online MSc courses will challenge and inspire you, helping to build the real-world skills you need to evolve your career. Read more about our online courses to discover why you should study online with the University of Bath.

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