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Taught postgraduates

Expert guidance from Study Advice at the University of Reading

Just as moving up to university from school or college meant developing your skills to work at a more advanced level, moving up to Masters-level study will need a similar change. You will be expected to work at a higher level of scholarship and professionalism. A Masters degree is a professional degree, whether you are following a specialism to enhance your current career, or planning to become an academic. As a Masters student you are training to be a researcher and moving from consuming knowledge to starting to create knowledge. You will have to define the scope of what you are researching, choose the most appropriate methods for your research, and communicate your findings clearly.

The advice in this short guide includes tips from students who have experienced study at Masters' level to help you make these transitions from undergraduate to taught postgraduate study.