Education initiatives created around the world aim to promote cooperation and academic exchange between countries and attract new students, who may benefit from an international education and a global experience. Universities worldwide focus on creating career-oriented Masters degrees through high quality, up to date course materials.
Students have more opportunities than ever to study worldwide, for instance in in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America and benefit from an international study environment. A variety of study options enable students to make the right, relevant choices for their future, by following a streamlined enrolment process.
In recent years, universities in Asia, Australia, Europe and America offer an increasing number of English-taught Masters degrees. Most popular international student destinations include countries such as Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom or the United States, amongst others.
The structure of a taught Masters degree varies from course to course, and from institution to institution. Examples of different degrees are: Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc), Master of Law (LLM). Other Masters degrees are more specifically named (for example Master of Business Administration). Most MA or MSc courses include a significant taught element and include some form of research project and dissertation. Teaching can be delivered through seminars, classes, tutorials and supervised laboratory work (where applicable). Assessment can range from examinations, assessed projects, group work or course work. Usually a taught Masters course is studied for one to two years full time. Some courses are offered as part-time or by distance learning options and may take longer.
In addition to the more familiar MA and MSc titles, there are more subject specific titles. It is, however, more important to focus on the content of the courses itself whilst looking for a Masters degree. Each degree has its own set amount of courses that are mandatory to follow to fulfil the study requirements.
Executive Masters degrees are especially designed for executive professionals. Most common examples of executive programmes include EMBAs. Admission, graduation requirements, and curriculum of executive degrees differ from regular full-time programs.
An MPhil is a research-only Masters degree and the precursor to a PhD. Many PhD students are registered for this degree in the first 12-18 months of study and have to produce a transfer report at the end of this period to change to the registration of PhD student. For entry to the MPhil you normally should have completed a taught Masters degree (or equivalent). When applying, you are expected to provide a detailed research proposal.