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Midwives prepare women for delivering new life, and their knowledge and presence in all stages of childbirth, including postnatal, are what ensure successful childbirth and safety for mother and child. Becoming a midwife requires being educated to degree level. There are many ways into midwifery, although typically the career is chosen by nurses who take an additional midwifery course or as a natural progression for maternity support workers.

Course Duration: 1-2 years full time, 2-4 years part time


To enroll in an Msc Midwifery course, you will need a degree in a related subject, like human biology. Depending on the course, you may need to have practiced/be practicing midwifery.

Course Content

A Master’s degree will cover the subject in more detail that what is typically needed for work as a midwife in a hospital. The degree is a chance to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding, professional and intellectual skills, values and attitudes that are necessary for successful practice. The course will cover the scientific knowledge of childbirth, but will also be heavily practical, with most courses allocating around 50% of hours to practical learning and assessment.

Although this advanced degree will make you more employable as a midwife, it will also open up new areas, like research. You may be interested in a managerial role and improving midwifery services, or become an expert on pregnancy aids like pregnancy pillows.



Accounting is a numerical subject that requires a mathematical and analytical skill that few people possess. As such, it is in high demand and accountants are one of the few groups who’ve not had trouble securing a job during the recession.



As with other Master’s degrees, you’ll need to have a Bachelor’s degree. However due to the nature of the subject, most courses will select those who have degrees in accounting, finance, business or mathematical subjects. Some Master’s programs will offer additional contact hours or a short conversion course for those who do not have any experience in related subjects.

Career Opportunities

Low unemployment: Accounting is a sector with one of the lowest rates of unemployment. With an unemployment figure of around 5%, accounting is far lower than the national average, and by having a Master’s in the degree you’ll have a competitive edge over other accountants, making you even more employable.

The salary of accountants is also one of the top in any industry. The starting salary is high, and there are many opportunities to work yourself up the ladder in business and reach a senior management position.

The program is a great example of one that directly lends itself to your career. It is normal for accountants to gain accreditation, which can require a Master’s level degree. This accreditation opens plenty of new doors for you.


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What is it?

Physical education (abbreviation PE), sometimes referred to as Physical Training (PT), is a course related to the qualified instruction of physical exercise in places such as schools, hospitals or sports academies. It is a subject that is typically taken by a pupil in their primary or secondary education to encourage physical activity in a safe way and promote health, while as an advanced degree it is taken to help you instruct others to maintain a healthy lifestyle, typically in a sports related role like a school PE teacher, personal trainer or an athletics instructor.

Career Opportunities

By choosing to go down the route of earning a Master’s degree in Physical Education, many new career doors are opened. The most obvious career option is becoming a teacher in any sports-related field, but most likely PE itself. To become a teacher you’ll generally need some kind of teaching qualifications, which require separate learning and testing. If you are keen to go down this route, it is worth checking out the program structure of the Master’s degree you are considering, and ensuring it has an emphasis on teaching.

Another common career path is becoming a personal trainer. This entails instruction and supervision of individuals in achieving their physical goals, be it in cardio, strength or weight. This also requires you to be able to teach, but unlike becoming a teacher, the requirements are less regulated. Many people will either start as or later become self-employed personal trainers, which requires some form of entrepreneurship, as you will need to build yourself a reputation and be business-minded. While a Master’s degree in PE is not mandatory, it will certainly help you to pitch yourself to potential employers or clients.

If you are interested in instruction, but not instructing personally, an option is to become an athletics program director. An athletic program can take many forms, for example directing a sports program at a college or creating an online training program help people to increase their vertical jump. Again, the requirements of this career will vary depending on the specific role, but a Master’s degree in Physical Education will make you an expert in the area, as well as boost your credibility.

Entry Requirements

Like most Master’s degrees, you will need a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Depending on the course, you may or may not need to have your Bachelor’s degree in a related subject.

Course Content

The content of the taught Master’s can vary wildly from course to course, but examples of modules include:

  • Nutrition
  • Methods of Instruction
  • Sports Psychology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Physical Education in Children

Extra Information

Duration: 1-2 Years

Award Type: M.A., M.A.Ed., M.A.T., M.S.

Delivery: Depends on course – Online, Campus (Full and Part time)

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Whether you’ve just finished your Bachelor’s degree or have taken a break from your career, it’s always worth considering taking a Master’s degree. It can make you more employable and also put yourself in an exciting position of learning new things at an advanced level so you become an expert in your field. One question you might be asking is ‘how long will I have to put my career on hold to earn the degree?’

The answer actually depends on the type of Master’s degree program you opt to go for:

Full-Time, On-Campus

Generally speaking, if you are taking a Master’s degree on-campus, a program will take two years to complete if you are studying full time. Since they are on-campus, you will have the most contact hours and have access to the institutions facilities.

If you decide to study abroad, for example in Asia or Europe, things are different and many of the Master’s Programs are completed in one year.

Part-Time, On-Campus

If you are already in full or part time employment, it often makes more sense to go for a part-time study degree, if offered by your preferred institution. Classes are usually held on evenings or during the weekends. They are usually more flexible when it comes to deadlines and workloads, but at the end you will still have to have covered all the course content. Therefore, it can last anywhere from 2 to 5 years.

Distance Learning

Something that has been becoming increasingly common is the distance learning master’s programs. These are simply degrees which are taken at home, by using your computer and the internet and/or supplementary study materials that are sent to you. They are also convenient if you have no access to a college or university you can physically visit.

They are the most flexible form of master’s degree, but require a high level of self-discipline. Today, there are thousands of these courses online, so picking one which is well-taught and respected is critical.

These degrees will usually last between 1-2 years.