The Economics of Post-Graduate Degrees These days...
July 17, 2012 3:06 AM Subscribe
London UK 2nd career: Should I do a Masters in Economics? Or is self-study with a good reading list a viable alternative?
posted by mary8nne to Education (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in my late 30s and unemployed after working 10 years in the financial services industry. In the last few years I've become rather interested in macroeconomics and foreign policy sort of issues and I have been thinking that perhaps that is where I should be heading as a new career goal. I want a change and want to do something more 'meaningful'.
But I"m Australian and while resident in the UK (on EEA Family visa) it seems I will have to pay the Overseas rates for a degree. So a 1 year full-time Economics Masters is around £15,000 + LSE is about£21,000. (and its kinda too late to get into most programs starting in September 2012).
Oh and I have an Undergraduate double degree in Mathematics & Philosophy so I was thinking I probably wouldn't need to do a Graduate Diploma before the Masters.
But I'm also thinking perhaps I could just spend a year doing a kind of Self-Study 'degree' if I got my hands on a good reading list and somehow found a 'community' to discuss and question things with. (ie a substitute for Tutorials). I wouldn't have accreditation but does that matter so much? what sort of jobs are available anyway?
Are there other options I'm overlooking?