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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.

What is a Masters degree?

A Masters degree is an academic degree granted for the completion of a graduate study course in a specific field of study. To be able to enrol for a Masters degree, students usually need to complete their undergraduate studies in a related field. Graduates of a Masters degree programme are expected to possess advanced knowledge, be able to apply their knowledge in a practical context and possess analytical, critical and problem solving skills in the chosen field of study.

Masters degrees may be course-based, research-based or are a mixture of the two. The primary goal of Master programmes is to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to carry out independent research either in a specific field or in a multidisciplinary field.

There is a variety of Masters degrees to choose from: academic Masters or taught Masters provide advanced training in preparation for employment, research Masters in which you are engaged in scientific research and teacher training Masters degrees, that prepare you to teach at all levels of secondary education. The study programmes usually take one and a half to two years full-time to complete. Accelerated programmes usually only require one year of studies.

Taught Master

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.

Master of Research (MRes)

The MRes is an advanced postgraduate degree in a specific academic discipline. The courses that are part of this degree are preliminary courses to give the student a certain foundation, for example in research methodology. The MRes is designed to prepare students for doctoral research as its particular emphasis lies on an extensive dissertation. This Masters degree is of interest for students who are considering to do a PhD.

MPhil

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.

Teacher Training

There is a difference between the taught master in education, which is a professional MA or MEd - ideal for those who would like to work in both formal and informal educational settings ?, and certificates such as Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Usually, a master of education is a one year-long, full-time, intensive programme for students who wish to study a particular field in education. Students acquire a general theoretical background for understanding past and future field experiences, or develop skills for use in professional work in education. Master's level teacher education is delivered in partnership between universities, schools and other partners.

Where to study abroad?

Netherlands
Netherlands
Study abroad in the Netherlands (also known as Holland), the first non-English-speaking country to offer Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees taught in English. International students in the Netherlands love the country because of its tolerant and inclusive policies. Choose to study in the Netherlands at some of the best universities and colleges in Europe.
Finland
Finland
Study in Finland, the country in northern Europe who has figured out how to provide some of the best education in the world. Study abroad in Finland, a transparent open civic society, where education is always a priority. Not to mention you can also find inexpensive or tuition-free degrees to study in Finland.
Hungary
Hungary
Study abroad in Hungary, one of the most popular touristic destinations in Europe. If you haven't heard about the famous Balaton lake or the thermal water cave system, you have heard of the beauty of Budapest and the delicious Hungarian cuisine. Universities and colleges in Hungary are affordable and specialise in degrees in Medicine, Psychology degrees, Business degrees and Engineering.
Norway
Norway
Study abroad in Norway, the country that is consistently ranked by the UN as having the highest standard of living in the world based largely on average levels of education and income. Higher studies in Norway are some of the best in Europe. International students have plenty of English-taught degrees to choose from at universities and colleges in Norway.
Sweden
Sweden
Study in Sweden to learn how to conduct top-quality research and develop independent thinking. People who study abroad in Sweden benefit from integration in a multicultural society and rigorous Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at universities and colleges that look towards the future.
Switzerland
Switzerland
Study abroad in Switzerland is a federal Republic in western Europe with one of the highest standards of living. You can study in Switzerland in English even if the country has four official languages: German (predominant), French, Italian and Romansh. Switzerland is well known for its quality postgraduate studies, but you can also find great Bachelor’s and Master’s degree options.
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Study in the UK and feel like you have entered a modern-day fairy tale. Universities and colleges in the UK - as well as the outstanding facilities they provide - are mesmerizing for international students. All the modern universities in the United Kingdom enable you to engage in ground-breaking research, regardless if you study in Britain, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Canada
Canada
Study in Canada - one of the strongest economies in the world. By studying abroad in Canada, you will enjoy a high standard of living, as well as top-level education at Canadian universities and colleges. The best universities in Canada provide great degrees and are some of the most welcoming to international students.
United States
United States
Study in the U.S.A, home to some of the most prestigious universities and colleges. The United States is internationally renowned for top business schools, medical schools and engineering schools. International students in the U.S. can select from a huge variety of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees offered by some of the best universities in the world.
Australia
Australia
Study abroad in Australia, known for its warm climate, beautiful beaches, the Great Outback, and exceptional colleges and universities. In addition to these advantages, international students in Australia will study in the country with the world’s second highest development index. Study in Australia at top business school and engineering schools, dominating international education statistics.

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