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The rise of weekend undergraduate and post-graduate courses

Published: Tuesday, 24 April 2012   Category:

Any graduates who are looking to boost their academic credentials whilst holding down a full-time graduate job can now reclaim their weekday evenings for some rest and recuperation.

This is thanks to the growing number of universities that are offering postgraduate courses on the weekends, in order to help students strike a better work-life balance. The move may also have been made as a result of the economic crisis as workers are forced to put in more hours during the week to ensure their positions are secure.

From this September, Leeds Metropolitan University is offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. These will be taught through a combination of distance learning and six Saturday/Sunday lectures spread throughout the year.

The courses on offer include an Executive MBA and Masters in accounting, leadership and change management, marketing, human resource management and executive leadership. This is in addition to an MA in childhood studies with a choice of early years and children/young people routes as well as an MSc in accounting (top-up).

Commenting on the new course structures, Barbara Colledge, the dean of the Business and Law faculty, said:

"Market research suggests that evening study and part-time day release appeal less now because people are finding it more difficult to get time off work. People are very busy and after a long day at work the last thing they want to do is go on to study in the evening."

The University of Winchester is also about to offer a weekend MBA, where seven modules are taught over two weekends. This is in addition to accelerated weekend Masters courses in a range of business-related subjects including accounting, marketing and human resource management.

"We find a lot of managers prefer to specialise in the area they are already working in rather than embark on a more general executive MBA," says Professor Neil Marriott, dean of the Faculty of Business, Law and Sport.

Imperial College, London University, runs an Executive MBA once a month taught from Thursday afternoon to Sunday lunchtime. The University of Glamorgan also offers weekend options for courses, including its graduate diploma in law. These weekend courses have proved particularly popular with overseas students.

Have you considered taking up a post-graduate course on the weekend? Do you think this would help you land a better graduate job in the future?






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