Episode 80

Q&A: Should You Get a Masters Degree in Languages?


March 19th, 2018

30 mins 14 secs

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About this Episode

Today on the show, I'll share a few tips and considerations about studying languages at university. Plus: My own story of doing Translation Studies at the University of Manchester.

Chenelle asks:

I wanted to know did you only get your bachelors degree or did you actually go and get a masters degree and languages?

Listen to get the full details of my tips.

At postgrad level, you tend to go either into research or applied mode. Most specialised ones

  • Applied Linguistics / Linguistics
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Translation and Interpreting
  • Teaching

And then it specialises more and more

Tips for Choosing a Masters

  • Consider practical experience vs research
  • Consider options of FT, PT, distance
  • Ensure the qualification allows you to pursue the career you want
  • Consider fees and scholarships, visas, cost of living
  • Consider your university's reputation, but remember a bad result from a great university can be worse than an amazing result from a less famous university
  • Rankings: Ensure the ranking reflects what you care about

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