As we are saying goodbye to another year of the Gregorian calendar and getting ready to greet 2020, it is time to reflect on our accomplishments. Over the year, Access Masters has provided you with diverse perspectives and useful guidelines about your experience in graduate school. You learned the value of campus visits, explored career opportunities for graduates, and discovered unusual Masters degrees from around the world.

Take this opportunity to go through the top articles published on Access Masters in 2019 and find out what fellow students and peers were most interested in.

#10. 5 Myths about International Masters Degrees

Studying for an international Masters can be one of the most rewarding experiences in your personal and professional life. Access Masters has therefore decided to clear up some common misconceptions about heading to graduate school abroad.

Choosing to pursue a Masters degree abroad is associated with benefits that go beyond expected academic gains. International students stand to be exposed and shaped by a new environment, forge more independence, and improve their command of a foreign language and intercultural awareness, to name but a few positives. It would be a pity to miss out on this enriching experience because of a wrong idea, right?


#9. Explore University Options with a Free Campus Tour

Getting the feel of a university campus is a unique way to make sure you choose a school where you truly belong, as well as improve your chances of admission. In this interview, Athanasia Ageliki Theodorou, who won a free campus tour – awarded biannually by Access Masters – shares how she made the most of visiting the campus of her choice while exploring the best options for international graduate school studies.


#8. Financing Your Study in the UK after Brexit

In May 2019, the UK government confirmed that tuition fees for EU nationals enrolling to study in the UK will not go up for the 2020/21 academic year. The announcement is especially important as the effects of Brexit on higher education in the country are still unclear.


#7. The Best Masters in Management Programmes of 2019

At the end of June, The Economist released its latest edition of the well-known ranking featuring the best Masters in Management programmes of the year.

The leading business school in 2019 is the French HEC Paris which managed to keep its #1 spot from the previous edition of the ranking from two years ago. The University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and another French institution, SKEMA Business School, round off the top three business schools on the list. Interestingly, HEC Paris and the University of St. Gallen are also among the top three Masters in Management programmes in another ranking – the one published by the Financial Times.


#6. The Latest Employment Trends for Masters Graduates

As international Masters programmes are becoming more diversified and innovative, employment trends and movements in the job market remain important factors for graduates to consider. The latest Year-End Employer Poll Report published by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) provides some insightful data about hiring trends of organisations across the globe for Masters graduates.


#5. Taking the GMAT for Your Masters Application

The GMAT, short for Graduate Management Admission Test, is one of the most commonly required aptitude tests for admission to international business schools. While it is commonly associated with the application requirements of top MBA programmes, the exam can be a handy asset to have up your sleeve if you are planning to apply for a Masters degree programme.


#4. Make Your Career Plan in Graduate School

Some people grow up looking forward to youthful years spent at university – years full of learning, making friends, travelling, and exploring. Being a Masters student means being in that exciting place where you are still discovering the world but also facing the virtues of adulthood. As well as giving you expert knowledge, inspiration, and personal development, graduate studies are essentially your bridge to a fulfilling career plan. This is the time to develop your professional skill set and build up expectations and goals for your dream job.


#3. Is CFA Equivalent to Masters?

Many of those interested in a career in the financial sector wonder if they should choose a Masters in Finance or the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) programme. Is CFA equivalent to Masters or is it rather a credential that complements it? Which one is more worthwhile for a career boost in the field of finance?

To answer these questions, we must first focus on what the CFA is, how you can earn the designation and how it can benefit your career.


#2. 5 Unusual Masters Degrees

There is one thing Masters aspirants cannot complain about: a lack of diversity. If you think that your interests are somewhat eccentric and that there is no corresponding degree for them, then think again. There are many unusual Masters degrees whose mere existence will surprise you.

One of the great merits of the Masters degree is that it gives you the opportunity to develop and pursue a career in a field you consider interesting, even if it is a bit unusual. To demonstrate this, we have compiled a list of some of the more unusual programmes out there.


#1. Access Masters Awards Free Campus Visit to Masters Aspirant

The Access Masters Tour has announced the winner of its semi-annual lottery who will now have the unique opportunity to visit the grounds of a university of her choice for free.

The winner is Athanasia Ageliki Theodorou from Greece, who participated in a One-to-One event in Athens as part of the 2018 Access Masters Fall Tour. She has chosen to visit one of Europe’s top universities – Loughborough University (UK).