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Your guide to online MA and MSc degrees

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What is an online master’s degree?

Online master’s degrees are one of a number of options open to those seeking to gain an advanced level of knowledge within their field, and to enhance their career prospects. But what exactly is a master’s degree, and is it the right choice for you?

This guide provides you with a brief overview of the different types of online master’s degrees, the advantages of the online study experience, and how you can find your perfect programme.

MA or MSc?

A master’s degree is a globally respected, university accredited postgraduate qualification awarded to students who have successfully demonstrated a high level of expertise in a specific field of study. Master’s degrees are separated into different classifications depending on their subject area, which is why you’ll come across two kinds of master’s designation; MA (or Master of Arts) and MSc (Master of Science).

An MA usually relates to a humanities subject, such as fashion, public relations, or hospitality, and is typically taught through a blend of research, collaborative learning, essay writing, and presentations. On the other hand, an MSc can cover subjects including IT, finance, and medicine, and is generally more technically driven with a strong emphasis on reading and research.

What are the advantages of an online master’s degree?

Master’s degrees are renowned for producing skilled and knowledgeable graduates, and are held in high regard by employers. Here are just some of the other benefits that an internationally recognised postgraduate degree can bring you:

Gain a significant advantage in the job market and boost your career prospects
Earn a qualification with global respect and recognition
Put yourself on the path to getting chartered certification with various professional bodies
Progress to further studies such as a PhD
Benefit from high-level industry insight and the opportunity to network
Acquire cutting-edge knowledge at the very forefront of your field of expertise

In addition to all these advantages, an online master’s allows you to access your learning from anywhere in the world, 24/7 through a range of engaging digital learning resources. Online students enjoy the same standard of education as equivalent on-campus programmes, and also receive the exact same degree awarded to their on-campus peers.

Am I eligible to enrol on an online master’s programme?

The growth of e-learning helps ensure that the best and brightest students can benefit from a first-class education, wherever they are in the world. The precise entry requirements for master’s programmes vary depending on the institution, but generally speaking, an undergraduate degree in a related subject is essential.

To find out more about the specific entry requirements for InterActive’s range of online master’s programmes, and to discover how they can help you fulfil your career ambitions, please complete the form at the bottom of this page or call us on + 44 (0) 20 3535 1274 and one of our educational consultants will be happy to provide you with more information.

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