Masters Programmes

Overview

 Masters For students from CIS countries it is important to realise that a Master’s qualification follows a Bachelor’s degree in western education systems.

The duration of studies at this programme is 1-2 years and depends on the country, as well as the university and particular study programme. For example, if you study in Germany, the USA or Scandinavian countries the course lasts 2 years. Nevertheless the duration of such programmes in the UK is 1 year.

Studying for a Master’s abroad is quite different from programmes in CIS countries. A Master’s student in the west is a person who has already received a Bachelor’s degree and has work experience. That is why the goal of a prospective student is to increase field knowledge or to receive a completely new specialization. This approach affects study plans as well as admissions requirements. Therefore the task of INSA Experts is to help you in choose a Master’s course abroad which would suit your needs and expectations.

Educational Levels

Year

Equivalent in Ukraine

and CIS Countries

Abroad

3

Aspirantura

PhD

2

1

2

Magistratura

(Specialist)
 

Master / MBA

1

Master / MBA

4

Bakalavrat

 

Bachelor

3

Bachelor

2

1

2

11 klas

Foundation

International Baccalaureate

A-level

1

10 klas

   

Features

Masters programmes are not the final stage of higher education. Those students who have made a decision to pursue a Master’s qualification may already have work experience and know what knowledge they require for career development. That is why the range of programmes abroad is so wide in specialisms as well as in context. For example, if a student plans to work in banking, then he/she applies for a Bachelor’s programme on a rather general subject such as Mathematics or Economics. Nevertheless while working towards their Master’s degree you will study more specific topics in greater detail, for example in Finance there could be a topic like major “Valuable Papers and Banking”.

Often, previous academic work is quite different to what may be studied at Master’s level. For example, a student who received a Bachelor’s degree in a Humanities subject may want to study business at Master’s level. In this case, in a foreign university, you are not required to start at Bachelor’s level. Instead you should prove that you have relevant work experience as well as motivation and a clear view of career development.

On this occasion Preparation Programmes are very useful; popular in the UK Pre-Masters programmes. A year or a half-year preparation course allows students to gain required knowledge for admissions and an easier way to be accepted.

University study overseas can be very intensive. Students are expected to learn and work through a high volume of information in a comparatively short period of time, 1-2 years.

Master’s programmes abroad are designed in such way that students study specialised courses first and by the end of their programme prepare a thesis/project which takes 30% of the whole programme. A distinctive feature is concentration on self-study. Master’s students are considered to be quite experienced and independent. Therefore teachers tend to suggest which topics to explore, motivate students to research the subject rather than to feed information directly in a didactic style. Consequently essay and paper writing is a regular task for Masters students. The amount of lectures is usually smaller than a Bachelor’s course and more time is dedicated to team work and seminars.

One more feature of Masters programmes overseas is the study process. Module systems have become widely used. Though there are alternative ways of making study arrangements:

Module System

Each subject is taught approximately 6 weeks. During this time students study only one discipline. They complete group tasks, tests and a final exam. After the period of 6 weeks they began to study the next subject.

 

Advantages of this system – students receive in depth understanding of a subject based on “fresh knowledge”.

Semester System

There is a list of courses, usually 4-6, that students study during one semester which lasts 4 months. Classes on this subject take place once (a complete day) or a few times a week.

 

Advantages of this system – students can compare few subjects and has a whole semester to complete the course.

In order to benefit from the advantages of a Master’s abroad it’s vital to choose an appropriate programme thinking about career goals, previous education and experience. That is why the aim of INSA ’s Experts is to evaluate all aspects and to recommend the right programme for your experience, preferences and expectations.

Career

The next step after graduation is to look for a job. Universities play an important role in student employment by arranging career fairs and inviting representatives from various companies. In such Graduates have a good chance of finding a job because all employers taking part in such events are looking for new staff.

An interesting fact is that quite a few students doing a Master’s programme abroad have already found a job. In some cases employers wish them to pursue further education, to increase professional knowledge among their staff.

Nevertheless young professionals decide on a Master’s degree to improve their employment prospects or to change a field of expertise. In this way Master degrees are an important factor in looking for a job abroad, together with previous work experience. That is why the goal of INSA experts is to develop an admissions plan with you and to decide on your action plan after graduation, to increase your competitiveness in the employment market.

Admissions

INSA ’s Experts prepared a chart with average admission requirements:

* Admissions requirements depend on the selected programme. Get in touch with INSA Experts to receive a consultation.

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