A Master of Science degree offers an extended opportunity to learn more about a particular area and develop scientific research skills under the supervision of an experienced scientist. Alternatively you may wish to enrol in a specialist or professional Master’s degree, particularly if your reason for studying is to improve your chances of getting a good job in industry.
The Master of Science degree generally takes two to two and a half years of full time study to complete. The first year is equivalent to the coursework component of an Honours year and is followed by a longer research project in the second year.
Completing a Master’s degree will provide you with well-developed technical skills in your area of study, as well as research and academic writing skills.
A Master of Science degree will generally qualify you for work as a research associate in most fields, although competition can be strong in popular areas such as Biological Sciences and Ecology.
Master’s degrees may be awarded with different levels of achievement, generally either Distinction, Merit and Pass or with first, second and third class honours as for an Honours degree.
If you enjoyed the research component of your Master’s degree and achieved a good grade, you might consider doing a PhD – a further three to five years of research. In some cases it may be possible to transfer your enrolment from a Master’s degree to a PhD, and extend the scope of your research project accordingly.
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