Is the master’s the new bachelor's?
Once considered the consolation prize for failing to finish a Ph.D. or just a way to kill time waiting out economic downturns, the master’s is now the fastest-growing degree. The number of master’s degrees awarded has more than doubled since the 1980s and the rate of increase has risen substantially in the past few years.
During recent years it has become very clear that master’s education is moving very rapidly to become the entry degree in many professions. In fact, more and more in today’s competitive workplace, it seems that master’s degrees hold the same status bachelor’s degrees used to hold: no longer just a nice-to-have, but a must-have. So, in many cases, masters are the new bachelors.
The percentage of people having a master’s today is about the same as the ones having a bachelor’s in the 1960s. And with so many people who have bachelor’s degrees competing for the same jobs nowadays, it can be difficult to stand out. Standing out is therefore one of the major benefits of obtaining a master’s degree.
What is the role of the Express Lane then?
So, if the master’s is indeed becoming the new baseline higher education qualification, why not go straight for a master’s degree if you can?
Express is our program variation that does just that. It takes students from Level 4 (Undergraduate Year 1) to a master’s degree in 4 years, without awarding a bachelor’s degree. It is the smart way to earn an advanced degree. Today this is possible, and there are already different schools offering this alternative as well.
Why take this route?
Pragmatism – you spend less energy and resources for nearly the same end result.
You write one dissertation instead of two.
Lower price than the classic Bachelor + Master.
(360 + 180) UK Academic Credits
Who is this program for?
This program variation has the same target audience as the Undergraduate Program: recent high-school graduates as well as industry professionals (with advanced standing entry at Level 5 or Level 6) and it follows the same eligibility criteria and application process noted here.