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Masters with a purpose: taught postgraduate employability and employer engagement

Report page University-business collaboration in the design and delivery of postgraduate taught (PGT) courses is diverse and flourishing.

It brings demonstrable economic benefits, and although there may be no discrete labour market for Masters graduates overall, there are particular occupations that can be accessed with a Masters in a STEM subject. Overall employment prospects for PGT graduates are good, with generally higher rates of employment at six months after qualification than undergraduates.

This report examines employer engagement with postgraduate taught courses, and is drawn from the main findings of a study by the Higher Education Careers Service Unit. It provides practical advice and recommendations to universities on how to strengthen relationships with employers and enhance employment outcomes.

​Universities are recommended to: 

  • work with employers to explore how opportunities for collaboration on postgraduate programmes 
  • encourage the development of ‘sandwich Masters’ courses that include periods of work placement 
  • encourage students, employers and institutions to consider Masters degrees as ‘degrees with a purpose’, rather than simply an extension of undergraduate learning

The team

Emily Darian

Emily Darian

Policy Researcher
Universities UK

William Hammonds

William Hammonds

Programme Manager
Universities UK

Stephanie Harris

Policy Analyst
Universities UK

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