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Masters with a purpose: taught postgraduate employability and employer engagement

This summary report outlines the main findings from a study by the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU) exploring employer engagement with postgraduate taught (specifically masters) courses. It provides practical advice and recommendations to universities on how to strengthen relationships with employers and enhance employment outcomes.

Key finding include:

• University-business collaboration in relation to taught postgraduate (PGT) courses is diverse and flourishing.
• Employers' requirements for masters-level qualifications are linked to their requirements for specific skills, abilities and knowledge.
• Most employers do not distinguish between first and masters degree holders in recruitment or reward arrangements, yet some recruit explicitly for those holding a particular masters-level qualification.
• Although there may be no discrete labour market for masters graduates overall, there are subjects for which the typical post-masters trajectory provides access to occupations that are unlikely to be available to those without a masters.
• Employers who do not specifically recruit for masters graduates are less aware of the added value of masters-level learning.
• The employability of those graduating from PGT courses varies by subject of study, mode of attendance, age group and gender.

Author(s): Universities UK

Other Publishers: HECSU

Production date: 2014

How to obtain: Download Masters with a purpose: taught postgraduate employability and employer engagement

Communities: Postgraduate, Employability, Diversity, Careers Information, Careers Advice and Guidance

Audiences: Academics, Careers practitioners , Employers

Format: Web



Tags: master's Taught Masters further study postgraduate

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