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Postgraduate Study

The hottest new writing degrees are in specialist non-fiction

It sounds like a piece of Orwellian doublespeak, but creative writing (non-fiction), which started in January at City University, is in fact the new Master's degree of choice for writers eager to document their lives, or the lives of others.

Inside Postgraduate Study

Distance learning is helping workers' careers – and their pockets, too

Thursday, 10 July 2008

In the competitive workplace where the curriculum vitae is king, ambitious workers are falling back in love with the Masters degree. Graduates who turned their backs on further study after their first degrees are returning to pick up new qualifications that they hope will give them the edge for promotion or help them find new markets for their talents.

Do teachers need to take Masters?

Thursday, 10 July 2008

The Government wants teachers to take Masters. A nice idea, but tricky to pull off, finds Geraldine Hackett

Universities and businesses are forging strong links

Experience is the key to employability

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Students eager to gain a postgraduate qualification in business in the UK are, for the moment at least, spoilt for choice. Whether you’re after a Masters degree in marketing or a postgraduate diploma in e-commerce, the sheer number of universities offering these types of courses means that finding the right one should be relatively easy.

A student on the University of Brighton's MA in culinary arts

A recipe for success

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Gastronomes looking to twin their passion for food with full-scale general management training need look no further than the south coast for what ranks as one of the first in a new breed of specialist postgraduate degrees in eating and drinking based in the UK.

Barney Townsend on his hydrofoil kiteboard

On the crest of a wave

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Kite surfing is a fast-growing extreme sport enjoyed by about 150,000 people worldwide. “I’ve developed a twin-tipped version that runs perfectly in both directions,” says Barney Townsend, 26. Like thousands of others, he has developed the business with the help of a Masters degree incorporating elements of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Leading Article: End of the road with Sallie Mae

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Postgraduates who took out loans with Sallie Mae, the big American company, are to be left in the lurch because the corporation has withdrawn from the British market, owing to the credit crunch. This is a serious blow to large numbers of students who were hoping to fund the remainder of their programmes with borrowed money. It has certainly been a shock to the doctoral student Victor Schonfeld, who tells the story of how he discovered the story of his vanishing loan purely by accident, and will almost certainly have to abandon his degree as a result. The failure to inform students of Sallie Mae's decision to pull out of Britain is one of the most deplorable aspects of the affair. Royal Holloway, Schonfeld's university, said it had other, more important matters, on its mind; Sallie Mae says it was told it didn't need to. Whatever the reason, one would have thought both the university and Sallie Mae had a moral, if not a legal duty, to tell students that their precious source of funding was to dry up.

Scholarship funding cuts have appalled academics and students alike

Thursday, 12 June 2008

The Government has announced that it is cutting the funding of both Commonwealth and Chevening scholarships

Postgraduate Lives: 'I love working in the lab – but it can be tough'

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Sarah Eshtan, MSc at the University of Sheffield

Institutions that fail to hit submission targets stand to lose funding

Calling time on the long PhD

Thursday, 8 May 2008

Students used to get as long as they needed to complete their PhDs. But now universities are imposing submission targets. Is this the end for the next generation of original thinkers?

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