Why study a Masters degree

Graduated from an undergraduate degree? Wondering what your next step is? You can head straight into work, start earning money and gaining experience, or take some time to travel. Alternatively, you could choose to further your education and study a Masters degree. Even if you graduated years ago, it’s never too late to get your Masters, and with numerous benefits it’s worth the time and financial investment. Read on to discover the many benefits of studying a Masters degree.

Benefits of studying a Masters degree

Personal development

Studying a Masters degree means you will be given more responsibility than a student on an undergraduate degree, with a lot more independent study. You will be in charge of your own learning and research time, meaning you can develop time management skills, motivation and independence. You will also grow in confidence as you meet new people, share your ideas and present to a group.

Increase your salary prospects

One of the many questions students consider when deciding whether to do a Masters degree is ‘’is a Masters degree worth it’’. Studying a Masters degree can be expensive, as it’s a financial investment, but will a Masters degree increase how much money you earn? Research has shown that people with a Masters degree can earn a considerable amount more than those with a Bachelors degree. According to the Graduate labour market statistics 2019, full-time employed, working-age postgraduates had a average salary of £42,000 compared with £34,000 for working-age undergraduates.

Prepare to become an expert in your field

A Masters degree doesn't have to be the end of your further education. Studying a Masters degree opens up further opportunities for you to expand your knowledge and become a specialist in your chosen field. Whether you want to head into academia or earn your PhD, a Masters degree can start you on the right path, helping you to develop the research skills and knowledge required to earn the highest qualification in academia.

Career prospects

Whether you decide to do your Masters straight after your Bachelors, or you make the decision after a few years working, a Masters degree is the perfect way to help progress your current or future career. Not only will it boost your CV, but help you qualify for more senior positions, demonstrate your desire to succeed and prove you are highly knowledgeable in your field.


Studying a Masters degree will allow you to meet new friends and industry experts. You’ll be studying alongside students that are focusing on a similar field, learning and developing together to enhance your future careers. Building your network is a vital part of studying and working. Throughout your Masters degree, you will make global contacts that you can rely on throughout your life and career, you could go on to work with fellow classmates, calling on their unique set of skills and specialist knowledge, or even start a business together.

Specialist knowledge

A key benefit of earning a postgraduate degree is the specialist knowledge you will acquire. Studying for a Masters degree will give you a deeper understanding of your chosen subject. You can specialise in the areas you are most interested in during your postgraduate degree, truly gaining the knowledge you want to learn and helping you direct your future career.

Why study a Masters degree at Lancaster?

If you are considering studying a Masters degree, then Lancaster University offers a world-class education in the UK. The University, centrally located in a brilliant international city, is in the top 10 in the three main league tables. It is 125th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2021 and in the world top 100 for 10 subjects by the QS World University Subject Rankings 2021.

Lancaster University is also highly respected for its research focus, with 83% of research rated either internationally excellent or world leading in the latest Research Excellence Framework. With research partnerships in over 60 countries around the world, home to 1,500+ academics and research staff, and close to 2,000 postgraduate research students, Lancaster University nurtures an environment that supports and enables world-class research.

Study a Masters degree in the UK for international students

With Lancaster University International Study Centre, you can prepare to study your Masters degree abroad in the UK. Our Pre-Masters Programmes is designed to help you develop the skills and practical English language to graduate with a postgraduate degree from a top-ranking university. You can choose between two pathways depending on your career goals:

Find out more about the International Study Centre and how to apply to study your Masters in the UK.

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