Master’s degrees make no difference to skill set, most employers say

Posted in Research on March 20th, 2019 by steve

“Most employers do not believe postgraduate degrees give workers an edge in terms of their skills, a new poll has suggested. Only 19% of employers said graduates with a master’s had better skills than those who did not take a postgraduate qualification, a survey from the Institute of Student Employers (ISE) revealed …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Independent, 20 March]

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Study finds many European academics are reluctant to teach in English

Posted in Teaching on August 4th, 2017 by steve

“New research has revealed deep ambivalence among academics told by European universities to teach and publish in English, with one even threatening to sue his department rather than switch language. As European continental universities increasingly switch to English for master’s programs, interviews conducted at the University of Hamburg in Germany show that there is resistance to the shift …” (more)

[David Matthews, Inside Higher Ed, 4 August]

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Do you need a Masters to get a job?

Posted in Life on February 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students coming up to their final undergraduate exams often ask me for advice about doing a Masters – specifically if it will give them a better chance of a job. Last week I also posted about if a postgraduate degree is necessary to get a job …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 3 February]

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Erasmus+ launches €30m Masters fund

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 3rd, 2015 by steve

EU“The European Commission has released details of a new Erasmus+ sponsored loan scheme worth up to €18,000 to Irish graduates who want to study for a Masters degree in France …” (more)

[Irish Times, 2 December]

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English universities ‘over-reliant’ on Chinese postgraduates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 18th, 2015 by steve

UK“The number of Chinese students enrolling on full-time taught master’s courses in England has grown to all but match the number of home students …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 18 February]

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Smurfit School launches new master’s programme aimed at Stem graduates

Posted in Teaching on February 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“UCD Smurfit School is joining forces with NCAD and NovaUCD to deliver a collaborative master’s programme aimed at Stem graduates. The new MSc in innovation, entrepreneurship and design is a part-time two-year course that will begin in September 2015 …” (more)

[Grainne Rothery, Business and Leadership, 5 February]

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IT HAPPENED TO ME: I Dropped Out Of Graduate School After Moving Across The World To Be There

Posted in Life on January 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Like any good millennial, I have known for most of my life that I plan to Travel. This is different from travel because it involves growing as a person, stretching your boundaries, and learning life lessons. So last spring I sent an application to an Irish graduate school, not expecting anything to come of it …” (more)

[xoJane, 2 January]

[See also related discussion thread on PROC]

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More classes, or go it alone? Taught v research master’s

Posted in Teaching on October 3rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The path from college life to paid work has become crowded and overgrown. A postgraduate course is becoming an increasingly necessary detour on the route to career success …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 3 October]


Taught postgraduate degrees: are they just about the job?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 21st, 2013 by steve

“The rise of the taught master’s course has come with a troubling shift in focus towards ‘employability’ …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 19 September]

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Law students: ‘and what else do I get with my masters?’

Posted in Teaching on October 4th, 2012 by steve

“The competitive legal education market means students demand more for their money as universities and law schools strive to ‘add value’ …” (more)

[Alex Aldridge, Guardian, 4 October]

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Teaching and Learning and Masters Degrees

Posted in Teaching on June 1st, 2012 by steve

“I have to confess that despite being very committed to my role as an educator, there has always been something about the whole ‘Teaching and Learning’ industry (for lack of a better word) that nags at me …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 1 June]

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Being the Master

Posted in Life on July 30th, 2010 by steve

“One of the side-effects of any significant increase in participation levels in higher education is that a degree no longer sets you apart from the general population. If the official Irish target of securing a 72% participation rate of each age cohort is achieved, then having a degree will be nothing very special …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 30 July]

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Future of masters programmes

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2009 by steve

EU“A Bologna master ‘template’ for masters degrees is developing across Europe, albeit in three distinctive forms of course provision: taught masters with a strong professional development application, a research-intensive masters which functions as a pre-doctoral degree, and courses delivered to learners returning to education from the workplace. A new study by the European University Association has revealed the development of the masters degree. Based on a wide-ranging survey of European students, universities and employers, the study looked at how the degree had developed a decade after the Bologna process was launched …” (more)

[University World News, 26 April]

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