In an increasingly competitive job market, the additional skills and experience gained through postgraduate education can help you stand out to prospective employers.

Whether you’re a recent undergraduate or have already embarked upon a career, studying a master’s at Manchester opens up a world of opportunity. Taught courses are designed to hone your existing capabilities, develop fresh knowledge and give you the chance to become part of a global community of like-minded learners.

The practical experience you gain during your time with us will give you real insight into the world of work, providing the edge you need to navigate future careers and manage your prospects after you graduate. It’s also an invaluable time to build your professional network, which includes access to more than 500,000 alumni worldwide and connections with employers who approach our careers service.

In all cases, the specific benefits of master’s study are more directly linked to the individual. In other words, if you need to study a master’s degree to get to your next goal (if a master’s is required for your chosen career, or you want to do a PhD where a master’s is part of the entry requirements), then there is a clear reason for you to do a master’s.

Sometimes, as you progress in your career, you may find that further study becomes necessary, or is a way of differentiating yourself.

However, if you want to apply for a job that only requires an undergraduate degree, don’t assume that having a master’s will automatically make you more competitive. It may be that further work experience would be more beneficial.

If you’re not sure, it’s best not to rush into the decision. Talk to a lecturer, your academic adviser, or the careers service to help you decide whether a master’s is needed for your next step.