FIVE tips that can help you select the right specialisation for your master’s degree

It is always great to have options when making a significant, life-changing decision. And generally, the more options we have, the more accurately we can choose what suits us. On the flip side, if you are unsure what you want, too many choices might confuse you.

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When I did my master’s degree in business, even though there were a few specialised degrees at that time, most of us just stuck with the big four generic specialisations – marketing, HR, finance and IT.

A master’s degree in business can be a versatile and valuable degree that can help you advance your career in various fields and industries. However, choosing the right specialisation for your master’s can be a challenging and crucial decision, as it can determine your future prospects and opportunities. There are many factors to consider when selecting a master’s specialisation, such as your current and future career goals, interests, strengths, market demand, salary potential, and personal growth.

The following are FIVE tips that can help you make an informed decision when choosing a specialisation for your master’s degree in business.

1. Assess your interests and strengths. You should choose a specialisation that aligns with your passion, curiosity, and aptitude. You should also consider your previous academic background, work experience, and skills and how they can help you excel in your chosen field.

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2. Consider your career goals and aspirations. Choose a specialisation that matches your vision, purpose, and ambition. It would help if you also thought about the roles, responsibilities, and challenges you want to take on and the impact you want to make in your industry or society.

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3. Research the market demand and trends. Choose a specialisation with high demand, growth potential, and relevance in the current and future job market. It would be best to look at the industry outlook, the competition, the opportunities, and the threats in your chosen field.

4. Evaluate the salary and return on investment. Choose a specialisation that offers a lucrative and competitive salary and a good return on your investment (a master’s degree from a reputed and globally recognised university can be expensive). You should also consider the cost, duration, and quality of the master’s degree program and how it can affect your financial situation and career prospects.

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5. Seek advice and guidance. Consult your mentors, peers, professors, or career counsellors who can offer insights, suggestions, or feedback. You can also read online reviews, blogs, articles, or forums, where you can find helpful information and opinions from other business degree students or graduates.


These are just a few tips that I believe will help you make an informed decision when choosing a master’s degree specialisation that works best for you. Please comment below if you have any other suggestions or tips to help our readers make a more informed decision.

Explore several specialised master’s/bachelor’s/PhD degree programmes that Robert Kennedy College offers through exclusive partnerships with top British universities. You could also get in touch with our team of admission advisers on WhatsApp, who can have a look at your profile and give you some advice.

If you have already made up your mind, click here to apply.

Understanding the Dynamics of Organizational Behavior: Key Concepts and Applications

In the fast-paced world of business, success often hinges not only on the products or services a company offers but also on how effectively its people work together. Organizational behavior (OB) is a multidisciplinary field that examines the behavior of individuals, groups, and structures within an organization and how they influence its performance. In this blog, we’ll explore the fundamental concepts of organizational behavior, its importance in today’s workplaces, and practical applications for enhancing organizational effectiveness.

Key Concepts of Organizational Behavior

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  1. Individual Behavior:
    • Personality: Every individual brings a unique set of personality traits, values, and attitudes to the workplace, which influence their behavior and interactions with others.
    • Perception: How individuals interpret and make sense of their environment affects their decision-making and behavior within the organization.
    • Motivation: Understanding what drives individuals to perform at their best is crucial for managers. Concepts like Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Herzberg’s Two-Factor Theory shed light on employee motivation.
    • Learning and Development: Continuous learning and skill development contribute to individual and organizational growth. Concepts such as reinforcement theory and social learning theory are relevant here.
  2. Group Behavior:
    • Team Dynamics: Effective teams are essential for achieving organizational goals. Concepts like group cohesion, roles, and norms influence team performance.
    • Leadership: Different leadership styles and approaches impact group dynamics and organizational culture. Transformational, transactional, and servant leadership are some examples.
    • Conflict Resolution: Conflict is inevitable in any organization. Understanding its sources and effective conflict resolution strategies can promote positive outcomes and strengthen relationships.
  3. Organizational Structure and Culture:
    • Organizational Structure: The formal framework that outlines roles, responsibilities, and reporting relationships within an organization. Structures can be hierarchical, matrix-based, or flat, each with its advantages and challenges.
    • Organizational Culture: The shared values, beliefs, and norms that shape the behavior and attitudes of individuals within the organization. Culture influences employee engagement, decision-making, and organizational performance.

Importance of Organizational Behavior

  • Improved Employee Performance: Understanding individual motivations and providing a conducive work environment can lead to higher employee engagement and productivity.
  • Effective Leadership: Strong leadership rooted in an understanding of organizational behavior principles can inspire and motivate teams to achieve common goals.
  • Enhanced Decision Making: Awareness of cognitive biases and perception can help leaders make more informed and rational decisions.
  • Better Conflict Management: Organizations that foster an environment of open communication and respect can effectively address conflicts and promote collaboration.
  • Adaptability and Innovation: Organizational behavior principles help organizations adapt to change and foster a culture of innovation and continuous improvement.

Applications of Organizational Behavior

  • Employee Training and Development Programs: Investing in training programs that focus on leadership development, team building, and conflict resolution can enhance organizational effectiveness.
  • Performance Management Systems: Implementing performance management systems that provide regular feedback, recognize achievements, and align individual goals with organizational objectives can improve employee performance.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives: Promoting diversity and inclusion fosters a culture of respect, creativity, and innovation within the organization.
  • Change Management: Understanding the psychological aspects of change and involving employees in the change process can increase acceptance and reduce resistance to change initiatives.

Organizational behavior plays a vital role in shaping the culture, performance, and success of an organization. By understanding the individual, group, and organizational dynamics at play, leaders can create a work environment that fosters collaboration, innovation, and employee engagement. Investing in organizational behavior initiatives not only benefits employees but also contributes to the long-term success and sustainability of the organization.

Keeping Track of Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Now that January is done and dusted and the excitement of the new year is long in the past, it is time to look back on all the resolutions we made in the heat of the New Year’s hullaballoo. Most of us would have made many frivolous resolutions, but sprinkled among these resolutions, I am sure there are some vital resolutions and goals that have to be achieved. Click here to learn how to choose resolutions that matter.

One of the reasons why people fail to keep their resolutions is that they don’t track their progress and results. Tracking your resolutions can help you stay motivated, focused, and accountable. It can also help you measure your success and celebrate your achievements.

There are many reasons to keep track of your goals, such as:

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  • Providing clarity and refinement of your goals.
  • Monitor the progress of your goals and enable you to adjust your plans to achieve your goals.
  • Keeping track of the goals you have achieved will provide you with the motivation needed to achieve your pending goals.
  • Helping you analyse your successes and failures and learn from them to improve and grow.

But how can you best keep track of your resolutions?

There are many ways to track your resolutions, depending on your preferences, needs, and goals. Here are some of the most common and effective methods:

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  • Write down your goals and resolutions: The step might sound basic and not something you should be reminded about. But how many of us put pen to paper (or enter it into our laptops/phones/tablets) and note these so-called “important” resolutions? You can use notes to write down your resolutions, action plans, daily or weekly tasks, progress, challenges, insights, and reflections. You can also use it to express your thoughts and feelings about your resolutions.
  • Use a planner: The devil is in the details. People who use a calendar know how useful it can be to increase efficiency and keep track of progress. The organiser/calendar is a tool that can be far more useful than reminding you of your next meeting – it helps you keep track of the goals you have to achieve, how far you have gone and how much further you have to go to achieve your goals. Create a calendar that contains every milestone on the road to your goals, and break them down as much as you can – week/month/quarter (however long you can go). You can use it to schedule tasks, set deadlines, mark milestones, and plan rewards. You can also use it to visualise your progress and see how your resolutions fit into your life.
  • Data and Charts: As professionals in the modern workforce, we are all familiar with data analytics, spreadsheets, charts and graphs. Is there a better tool to use than something you already know? A spreadsheet or a chart is a powerful way to track your resolutions. You can use it to create tables, graphs, or diagrams that show your data, such as your inputs, outputs, indicators, or metrics. You can also use it to analyse your data and see the trends, patterns, or correlations related to your resolutions.
  • Use the power of technology: Can you even imagine a life before smartphones and apps? Life has become so much easier and fun because of smartphones, but a smartphone without apps is just a regular phone. Apps make everything we do so much easier and, in some cases, fun. An app or a tool is a convenient and fun way to track your resolutions. You can use it to record your actions, track your outcomes, set reminders, receive notifications, and access your resources. You can also use it to gamify your resolutions and earn points, badges, or rewards for your achievements.

Have I missed any points you feel can help someone stick to their resolutions? I hope the few ideas shared here can help you stay on track and achieve your goals in 2024. How were you planning on tracking your resolutions? Comment below.

If your resolution for this year is to do a master’s degree or learn something new, then explore the number of specialised master’s degree programmes offered by Robert Kennedy College through exclusive partnerships with top British universities. Or, if you have already made up your mind, click here to apply.

Navigating the Future: Top 5 Trends to Expect in 2024

As we step into the promising realm of 2024, the world is poised for transformative changes across various domains. Technological advancements, societal shifts, and global challenges are shaping the landscape of the future. In this blog post, we’ll explore the top five trends that are likely to define and influence the year 2024.

The Rise of Sustainable Technology

One of the most significant trends to watch in 2024 is the accelerated adoption of sustainable technologies. With a growing awareness of climate change and environmental issues, industries are increasingly investing in eco-friendly solutions. From renewable energy sources like solar and wind power to electric vehicles and sustainable packaging, technology is playing a pivotal role in creating a greener and more sustainable future. Expect to see breakthroughs in clean energy, efficient waste management systems, and innovations that contribute to a circular economy.

The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation

AI and automation have been on an upward trajectory for several years, and 2024 will see these technologies reaching new heights. Intelligent automation, machine learning, and natural language processing will become more sophisticated, leading to increased efficiency across various industries.

From personalized customer experiences to streamlined business operations, AI will continue to transform the way we live and work. However, ethical considerations and responsible AI practices will also become crucial topics of discussion, ensuring that these technologies are deployed ethically and inclusively.

Digital Health Revolution

The global pandemic has accelerated the digitization of healthcare, and in 2024, we can expect a digital health revolution. Telemedicine, wearable health tech, and AI-driven diagnostics will become more prevalent, offering personalized and accessible healthcare solutions. Remote patient monitoring, virtual consultations, and health-focused apps will empower individuals to take control of their well-being. The integration of big data in healthcare will enable predictive analytics, leading to more effective disease prevention and early intervention strategies.

Decentralized Finance (DeFi) and Blockchain

Decentralized Finance (DeFi) and blockchain technologies are poised to disrupt traditional financial systems in 2024.

Blockchain’s transparent and secure nature will continue to gain traction in sectors beyond cryptocurrency, such as supply chain management, voting systems, and identity verification. DeFi, which leverages blockchain to recreate and improve upon traditional financial services, will provide more inclusive and accessible banking solutions. Expect innovations in decentralized exchanges, lending platforms, and new financial instruments that challenge the status quo.

Cultural Shifts in Remote Work and Flexible Work Arrangements

The way we work underwent a profound transformation during the pandemic, and in 2024, we will witness a continuation of this trend. Remote work and flexible work arrangements will become more ingrained in corporate cultures. Companies will focus on optimizing hybrid work models, leveraging advanced collaboration tools, and prioritizing employee well-being. The physical office space may undergo a reimagining, serving as collaborative hubs rather than mandatory daily destinations. This shift will impact not only how businesses operate but also the work-life balance and career expectations of individuals.

The year 2024 promises to be a dynamic and transformative period marked by advancements in technology, a heightened focus on sustainability, and a reshaping of societal norms. From the rise of sustainable technology to the evolution of AI, digital health, blockchain, and changes in work dynamics, these trends will shape the way we live and interact with the world around us. As we navigate through these transformative times, it’s essential to embrace innovation responsibly and ensure that progress benefits all of humanity. The future is exciting, and staying informed about these trends will help individuals and businesses adapt and thrive in the years to come.

Navigate your future towards stability, success in your career by joining our online Master’s and PhD. programme. Speak to one of our advisors to know more about the admission process, intake information and fee details.

#DILO (A day in the life of) a master’s student

Through the #DILO series of blog posts, we have been bringing you insights into the life of our master’s students, sharing their thoughts and opinions, ups and downs, and key learning points during their online studies. The whole idea behind this series is to make you aware of the realities of online studies and help you in making a decision.

This week, we look at a day in the life of one of our MSc Human Resource Management and Development student. Let’s hear about his experience studying for an online master’s degree programme.

An Introduction

Which university are you studying with?

University of Salford (UoS)

Which programme did you choose and why?

MSHRD – the field that I am currently working.

Who you are, really?

A proud RKC student 🙂

The Study Plan

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How did you plan to study each module, and what was the reality? How many hours did/do you have to put in each day/or in a week?

It was very hard planning to study as I have my own business and children. I panned two hours a day/ 3 days a week for studies. This time was not enough for me. Realistically, I should have put at least 10 hours every week for studies and research.

What part of the day did/do you find most suitable to study? (e.g. early mornings, lunch break, evenings, weekends?)

Evenings and weekends.

How much time did you devote for each assignment?

Each assignment took me the time allotted. Simply put, I started on the research as soon as I received the topic. and sometimes, it seemed as if the three weeks was not enough.

Travelling and Communication

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How did travelling impact your ability to study?

I did not have to travel a lot so it did not impact me.

How were you able to interact with peers and/or professors given the time differences?

It was difficult. In my situation, there were two classes where I met two other ladies that lived not very far from my house, so it was easy to have study sessions. In dealing with professors, I usually emailed with questions and always got a prompt response back. Studying online is always a challenge as the face to face is never there.

A typical day as a master’s student

What does a typical day as an Online Masters’ student look like for you?

In the morning it starts with work and maybe during the day, if not busy at work, will work on research for my paper and then in the evenings, will spend a couple of hours with my reading and then on weekends will work on my paper.

Any advice you have for students to better plan their studies

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Start from day one. Don’t procrastinate as 3 weeks goes by very fast. The material is a lot of go over and then you have the work to do. Keep in touch with your professor and ask any questions you have for clarifications as you work on your assignments. Reach out to peers, as they can be helpful as well. Usually peers will create a WhatsApp group, be a part of it..it makes it seem as if you are in a classroom…as it can be very noisy. A great program. Goodluck and I wish you well.


If you are considering getting your master’s degree, now would be an excellent time to take the plunge. Look at our programme list and see if we have anything that could help.

I hope this blog has answered some of your questions, and please watch this place for more similar blogs. You can also chat LIVE on WhatsApp with one of our Education Advisors for more information on all the programmes we offer, the application process, and the discounts we might offer.

Unveiling the Tapestry of 2023: Top 10 Highlights That Defined the Year

As we bid farewell to 2023, it’s time to reflect on the myriad events and milestones that shaped the course of the year. From technological breakthroughs to cultural shifts, 2023 was a rollercoaster of innovation and transformation. In this blog, we’ll unveil the top 10 highlights that stood out and left an indelible mark on the fabric of 2023.

1. Quantum Computing Breakthroughs

In 2023, quantum computing made unprecedented progress, reaching the milestone of quantum supremacy. This achievement has far-reaching implications, promising solutions to intricate problems at speeds unimaginable with traditional computers, particularly in fields like cryptography, drug discovery, and climate modeling.

2. AI’s Influence in Healthcare

Artificial Intelligence continued its penetration into the healthcare sector, reshaping diagnostics, treatment strategies, and patient care. AI-driven tools showcased remarkable accuracy in early disease detection, personalized treatment plans, and overall healthcare enhancement.

3. Global Climate Accords

As climate change concerns reached a critical juncture, nations around the world came together in 2023 to forge ambitious global climate accords. Commitments to reduce carbon emissions, transition to renewable energy sources, and protect biodiversity marked a collective effort to address the urgent challenges posed by climate change.

4. Space Tourism Takes Off

The space race evolved into a new era in 2023, with commercial space tourism becoming a reality. Several private companies successfully launched missions, enabling civilians to partake in the adventure of space travel. This marked a significant stride in making space exploration more accessible to the public.

5. Metaverse Surge

The concept of the metaverse gained unprecedented traction in 2023. Major technology companies invested heavily in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), creating immersive digital realms for work, socializing, and entertainment. The metaverse emerged as a hub for innovation and collaboration.

6. Advancements in Biotechnology

Biotechnology made groundbreaking strides in 2023, with advancements ranging from CRISPR-based gene editing to revolutionary treatments for previously incurable diseases. These breakthroughs raised ethical questions but also offered new hope for addressing genetic disorders and improving overall human health.

7. Shifts in Remote Work Culture

The way we work underwent a transformative shift in 2023. Remote work, once a necessity, became a preferred mode for many companies. This change not only impacted work culture but also influenced urban planning, as cities reimagined themselves to accommodate a more decentralized workforce.

8. Renewable Energy Dominance

Renewable energy continued its ascent in 2023, surpassing expectations in terms of efficiency and affordability. Solar and wind power, in particular, became dominant sources of energy globally, contributing to a significant reduction in reliance on fossil fuels.

9. Tech Ethics and Regulation Focus

Amid rapid technological advancements, there was an increased emphasis on ethical considerations and regulatory frameworks in 2023. Governments and tech companies collaborated to establish guidelines for responsible AI use, data privacy, and digital security, ensuring a balanced approach to the benefits of technology.

10. Global Health Resilience

The lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic led to unprecedented collaboration in global health in 2023. This resulted in more robust health systems, improved vaccine distribution, and enhanced preparedness for future health crises.

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As we conclude the narrative of 2023, these ten highlights underscore the innovation, adaptability, and collective endeavors of humanity. The year was characterized by a fusion of technological breakthroughs, societal transformations, and a shared commitment to addressing global challenges. These standout moments will undoubtedly shape the trajectory of the years to come.

Here’s wishing all our readers, from the management and staff of Robert Kennedy College, a very Happy New Year 2024! We hope to see you as one of our proud Master’s and PhD students at RKC. Find a programme suitable to you, talk live to one of our education advisors, and apply now!


   

   
   


   


   

FIVE Gifting Ideas for people who work/study online!

On behalf of the staff and students at Robert Kennedy College, I wish you, our readers, and your families a Merry Christmas!

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‘Tis the season to be jolly: a time of happiness, hope, and celebration. A time when families come together, and broken friendships are mended. A time of holiday and exchanging gifts. A time for children and Santa Claus.

Giving customised gifts can be challenging, especially if you want the gift to be useful and meaningful. Gifting ideas becomes more of a challenge if the gift is for someone who spends most of their time working or studying online from home.

People who work or study from home face unique challenges and opportunities. They need to be self-motivated, organised, and tech-savvy, but they also have the flexibility and convenience of working/studying from anywhere and anytime. If you want to surprise someone like this with a thoughtful and useful gift this season, here are some gift ideas to make their online working/learning experience more enjoyable and productive.

1. A subscription to Cloud Storage

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One of the worst things that could happen to an online student is losing their files due to a computer crash, a virus, or a human error. That’s why having a backup of their files is essential for online students. A subscription to services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud or any other reliable cloud storage service can help them store, access, and share their files securely and easily from any device.

2. Coffee Maker

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There is nothing like a good cup of coffee for a pick-me-up; according to me, it is the drink of the gods! People who work/study from home need a boost of energy and alertness to keep up with their busy schedules and deadlines, especially since, most of the time, things can get lonely and boring when you spend long hours working or studying alone. But before you buy the coffee maker, find out their preference – do they prefer to grind their coffee beans or use coffee pods or coffee powder? Buy a product that they will use.

3. Ergonomic Chair

Most people know that spending all day in front of their computer studying or working can be mentally fatiguing. But what most don’t understand is it can also have an impact on their bodies. Back pain, especially lower back pain, is a big issue for those who work from home. Apart from exercising regularly, having a good ergonomic chair with lumbar support can go a long way in preventing back pains and will be a much-appreciated gift.

4. Motivational quote/poster

Sometimes, staying at home all day – every day can be a challenge by itself; it can get lonely and demotivating. Many struggle with motivation, especially when dealing with distractions, isolation, or procrastination. When one starts to feel their mind slipping, a glance at an appropriate quote can help them stay inspired and focused on their goals. The motivational poster, placard or sticker can feature a quote, a mantra, a word, or an image that resonates with them and reminds them of why they are pursuing their education or should stay focused on their work. If you know the person well, you could even customise the message from something from their lives or remind them why they are doing what they are doing.

5. A pair of Bluetooth earphones

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People who work/study from home must attend online meetings, listen to lectures, podcasts, videos, and other audio materials, and participate in online discussions, presentations, and meetings. Bluetooth earphones with a microphone can help them do that without wires or cords getting in the way. Bluetooth earphones with a mic can also provide them with noise cancellation, high-quality sound and voice transmission, and long battery life. So don’t skimp; buy a good pair like Apple Air Pods, Sony, or Samsung; they will last long and provide quality sound.


These are just a few gift ideas for people who work/study from home/online that will make their work/learning experience more enjoyable and productive. Your thoughtful support will be appreciated if you choose a practical, fun, or sentimental gift. Happy holidays!

Explore several specialised master’s/bachelor’s/PhD degree programmes that Robert Kennedy College offers through exclusive partnerships with top British universities. You could also get in touch with our team of admission advisers on WhatsApp, who can have a look at your profile and give you some advice.

If you have already made up your mind, click here to apply.

Exciting New Announcement – RKC is now offering a PhD programme!

It is a dream come true moment for several doctorate programme aspirants, who anxiously awaited the launch of PhD programme at Robert Kennedy College. Well, the wait is now over!

Robert Kennedy College proudly offers an online PhD programme in collaboration with the University of Gloucestershire. 

The University of Gloucestershire was founded in 1847 and holds its title and degree-awarding authority from His Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council. It is globallyrecognised.

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The PhD programme, intended to boost your career achievement, is a simple 2 stage programme.

Programme Description

Stage 1: RKC’s Executive Diploma in Advanced Research. The requirements to join are a master’s degree in any discipline, with priority given to Robert Kennedy College graduates. Course duration: 3 to 6 months. 

Stage 2: On completion of Stage 1, advance to the University of Gloucestershire’s PhD programme through a successful online interview, with a primary focus on dissertation writing in 1 to 6 years. 

Why choose a PhD with Robert Kennedy College and the University of Gloucestershire?

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Worldwide Recognition: The British doctorate awarded by University of Gloucestershire is accredited by British government and is respected globally.

100% online flexible learning: Whether you are a busy professional or a busy parent, this programme will fit into your hectic schedule seamlessly allowing you to maintain a balance between professional, personal and academic lives.

Duration: Executive Diploma in Advanced Research can be completed in 3-6 months at Robert Kennedy College. Upon successful completion of the diploma, advance to the University of Gloucestershire’s PhD programme through a successful online interview, with a primary focus on dissertation writing in 1 to 6 years.

Specialization options: The programme offers diverse specialisations such as Strategic and Digital Marketing, Law, Accounting and Business Strategy.

Dedicated mentorship: Students receive dedicated support and guidance throughout their academic journey.

How to Enrol:

Stage 1

Executive Diploma in Advanced Research requires a Master’s degree in any discipline, with priority given to Robert Kennedy College graduates. Click here to apply for the programme.

Stage 2

University of Gloucestershire PhD. Entry to this programme is through completing Robert Kennedy College’s Executive Diploma in Advanced Research programme (stage 1) and being interviewed online by your supervisory team.

Programme Outline

Stage 1
Executive Diploma in Advanced Research

• Philosophy and Approaches to Research • Methodologies and Methods

Stage 2
University of Gloucestershire PhD

Individual Dissertation Supervision: Benefit from personalised guidance and supervision at the University by two supervisors, ensuring a focused and supportive environment for your doctoral research.

Tuition fee and payment plan

Stage 1 – Executive Diploma in Advanced Research

The total tuition fee is 7000 CHF. For RKC graduates, we offer an exclusive tuition rate of 6000 CHF, equivalent to approximately US$ 6800. This all-inclusive fee can be conveniently divided into six interest-free monthly instalments of 1000 CHF each.

Stage 2 – University of Gloucestershire PhD

The annual fee for 2024/5, after completing the diploma, is 6400 CHF approx US$ 7367. Non-UK residents receive a £ 2000 fee waiver of the published international fees.

Embark on your academic journey and apply online for the PhD programme today. For the fee If you still have any questions, one of our education advisors will guide you through the requirements and admission process.

Acing Homework: 5 Strategies for Effective Management

Homework and assignments serves as a vital link between classroom learning and independent study, though managing the workload can pose challenges. Adopting effective strategies transforms the homework experience into a more manageable and gratifying task.

This blog post explores five strategies to help you master the art of homework management.

Establish a schedule

Successful homework management hinges on creating a practical and achievable schedule. Begin by listing all assignments and their due dates. Prioritize tasks based on urgency and complexity. Allocate dedicated time slots for homework in your schedule, maintaining a healthy balance with other commitments. Consistency is key; adhering closely to your schedule fosters a productive routine.

Break it down

Tackling a substantial assignment can be overwhelming. Instead of trying to complete it in one go, break it into smaller, more manageable tasks.

Develop a checklist outlining the steps needed to finish the assignment, focusing on one task at a time. This not only reduces the daunting nature of the work but also enables effective progress tracking. Celebrate each small accomplishment, contributing to the overall completion of the assignment.

Designate a Productive Workspace

Your environment significantly influences your ability to concentrate and be productive. Designate a dedicated workspace for homework that is free from distractions. Ensure it is well-lit, organized, and comfortable. Associating this space with focus and productivity helps create a conducive atmosphere. Keep all necessary materials within reach to minimize interruptions and consider using tools like noise-canceling headphones.

Employ Time Management Techniques

Utilizing time management techniques can greatly enhance homework efficiency. The Pomodoro Technique, for instance, involves focused, 25-minute intervals followed by a 5-minute break. After four cycles, take a longer break. This method sustains concentration and prevents burnout. Experiment with different techniques to find the one that suits your work style and enhances productivity.

Seek Assistance and Collaborate

 Do not hesitate to seek help when encountering challenges. If a specific concept or assignment proves difficult, reach out to classmates, teachers, or online resources. Collaborating with peers enhances understanding and fosters a sense of community and support. Teaching others can deepen your comprehension of the subject matter. Embrace collaboration to enrich your learning experience.

Effective homework management requires a blend of organizational skills, time management, and a proactive approach. By establishing a realistic schedule, breaking tasks into manageable portions, optimizing your workspace, employing time management techniques, and seeking collaboration, you can transform homework from a stressor into a fulfilling and enriching learning experience. Implementing these strategies not only improves academic performance but also instills habits beneficial throughout your educational journey.

When is the Right Time to do a Master’s Degree?

Deciding when to do a master’s degree can be a challenging and personal choice, as it depends on various factors such as your goals, interests, finances, work and family commitments and the challenges of life in general.

A master’s degree is an advanced academic qualification that can help your career growth and increase your knowledge. It is a difficult decision, especially if you have been away from a school learning environment for a long time.

Do you do it right after getting your bachelor’s degree, or do you do it after working for a few years?

Option 1: Doing it Right After Your Bachelor’s Degree

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Continuing your education right after completing your bachelor’s degree, without taking a break or working in between, can have some advantages, such as:

  • Maintaining academic momentum and motivation and avoiding losing touch with your subject or skills.
  • Increase your chances of getting a better job or salary sooner, as you will have a higher level of qualification and specialisation than most of your peers.

However, there are also some drawbacks to this option, such as:

  • Not having enough work experience or practical knowledge to apply what is learnt from experience to the master’s degree.
  • Not knowing if what you are studying will be valid or even something you want to do for the rest of your professional life.
  • Competition from those with a master’s degree and work experience, especially in fields where experience is valued more than education.

Option 2: Doing it After Working for a Few Years

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Working for a few years after completing your bachelor’s degree and then going back to school for a master’s degree can have benefits, such as:

  • Gain practical knowledge that can help apply what is learned practically to the master’s degree.
  • Having time to determine your interests and where you want to take your professional career. You can have a clearer idea of your career goals and interests and a stronger motivation to pursue further education.
  • Having time to plan your finances by saving money for your education, getting better terms on your education loans or getting your company to sponsor your education.

Some of the challenges to this option could be:

  • Losing academic momentum and motivation.
  • The longer you take to start your master’s degree, the more commitments you might have that can be stressful and demanding.
  • Might have to sacrifice career opportunities or growth.

Option 3: Doing it Later in Your Career

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Deciding to do a master’s degree after working for many years or reaching a senior or managerial position can have some advantages, such as:

  • Leveraging your extensive work experience and practical knowledge to enrich your master’s degree learning and outcomes.
  • Updating your skills and knowledge to stay relevant and competitive in the changing job market.
  • You can pursue your personal or professional interests and fulfil your lifelong learning aspirations.

However, there are also some disadvantages to this option, such as:

  • Additional financial commitments that can have an impact on your lifestyle.
  • Most people who chose this option will continue to work and will learn in parallel to their job commitments. If you cannot balance your personal and professional commitments, learning can be an added challenge to your time management.
  • The challenge of returning to school after a long time and figuring out how to learn effectively all over again.

So, when is the Right Time?

There is no definitive answer to this question. It depends on the individual’s situation and preferences. However, here are some tips that may help you make a decision:

  • Assess your current and future goals, interests, and needs and how a master’s degree can help you achieve them.
  • Understand the requirements, costs, benefits, and challenges of doing the master’s degree at this point.
  • Seek advice from your mentors, peers, professors, or family.
  • Adapt to changing circumstances and be open to opportunities.

If you have been thinking about doing a master’s degree and are ready to challenge yourself, look at our list of programmes and see if we have anything you are interested in doing.

You can also Chat LIVE on WhatsApp with one of our Education Advisors for more information on the programme that is right for you, the application process, and details on discounts we might be offering at this time.