Which master’s degree to study?
Do you want to improve your professional profile by taking a master’s degree but you have doubts about which master’s degree to study? A master’s degree is a specialisation course in a specific subject, generally aimed at students who have already completed their Bachelor’s degree and who have some experience in the working world. In this post, we will explain in more detail what a master’s degree is, what types of master’s degrees exist and what are the requirements to access them to resolve any doubts you may have and to be able to guide you better in choosing your master’s degree.
What is a master’s degree?
Many students, when they finish their university degree, decide to specialise in a specific area related to their field of study and thus direct their professional career towards a more specific area of work.
In this sense, in post-compulsory education, master’s studies stand out, providing advanced training of a specialised or multidisciplinary nature, aimed at academic or professional specialisation, or initiation into research tasks.
Master’s programmes usually last one or two academic years and require 60 to 120 ECTS credits, together with the submission of a final master’s thesis. Admission to a master’s programme requires a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
Alongside master’s programmes, there are postgraduate diplomas, which also have a clear professionalizing vocation and offer a high degree of specialisation in a more specific discipline or field than a master’s degree.
The workload of postgraduate studies is less than that of master’s degrees, normally between 30 and 60 ECTS credits. They are also open to students without a bachelor’s degree who can prove their professional experience in a certain field, although they are not eligible for a postgraduate diploma, but only for a certificate.
Difference between an official master’s degree and a specific master’s degree
Master’s degrees provide students with specialised and multidisciplinary advanced training. There are two types of master’s degrees: official master’s degrees and specific master’s degrees.
Official master’s degrees, commonly known as university master’s degrees, are aimed at both professional specialisation and initiation in the field of research. They are official state degrees recognised at the European level and give access to doctoral studies.
The other master’s degree programmes are specific master’s degrees, officially called professional master’s degrees, and consist of a qualification endorsed by the prestige of the university that offers them. In the case of Elisava, these are degrees awarded by the faculty following current legislation in the educational field. Their curriculums follow similar assessment processes and academic requirements to those applied in official studies, the main difference being that a specific master’s degree does not give access to doctoral studies.
At Elisava you can take both types of master’s degrees, both an official master’s degree and several Elisava-specific master’s degrees.
Why do a master’s degree?
Master’s programmes are studies designed to encourage students’ professional development, acquire new knowledge and skills, and perfect one or more of their competencies. In this sense, taking a master’s degree will consolidate the knowledge that students have gained during their university studies and will contribute to improving their professional profile.
These are some of the main advantages of studying for a master’s degree:
Before choosing which master’s degree to study, it is advisable to take into account some prior considerations that will allow you to choose the option that best suits your interests, goals and needs.
University Master’s Degrees at Elisava
Elisava offers a wide range of specific Master’s and Postgraduate programs structured in six areas: Graphic Design, Communication, Product Design, Space Design, Innovation and Management, and Interaction and Technology.
The educational plan of these programs combines theoretical and technical knowledge with different degrees of specialisation oriented towards clear professional training. In this sense, they open up their students to work on projects in collaboration with companies, institutions and NGOs and allow them to have the professional experience to facilitate their employment.
Studying at Elisava is an excellent option for continuing professional training in different areas of design, marketing and advertising.
Among the benefits and advantages of studying at an educational institution like Elisava are its more than 50 years of experience in the field and its high international recognition; the prestige of its teaching staff, made up of more than 800 professionals; the feedback between design and engineering studies, both taught at the faculty; its wide range of master’s programmes and its complete facilities; its international collaboration with companies, institutions and NGOs; its large community of students and former students, and its privileged location in the centre of Barcelona.
Below you can check all of Elisava’s Master’s and Postgraduate programmes, which are divided into Master’s and Postgraduate Pro, Masters Beyond and Executive Master’s programmes, all of which are specific master’s degrees. In addition, Elisava offers an official master’s degree, the University Master’s Degree in Design and Communication, which allows you to develop research activities and train to conceive, formalise and analyse design strategies.