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Why May should mark the beginning of your master’s adventure

As many of us lead busy lives full of work and commitments, it’s all too easy to lose focus of our personal growth and ambitions. But now is the ultimate time to take charge of your future and broaden your horizons. 


Read on to find out exactly why starting your academic journey in May, rather than waiting for the traditional start date of September, can be a game-changer for your personal and professional growth. 

Proactive personal development 

Picture this. While others are winding down for June, July and August, you're exploring a subject you’re passionate about and broadening your career options. By starting your master's in May, you're staying a step ahead of those who choose to wait to start in September. 


With new trends, technologies and AI transforming jobs across every industry, it’s always a good idea to broaden your professional skills. Studying a master’s degree can equip you with vital soft skills that are sought-after by organisations worldwide. From effective leadership to innovative problem-solving skills, you’ll be able to adapt to whatever the future holds. 

Less competition to secure funding 

We know that a master’s degree is a big financial investment. Luckily, there are many options out there for financial support. However, in the run up to September, the demand for funding, whether from your employer or a funding body, is likely to be high.


May could be a quieter period for funding applications, and the benefits of this are twofold. You’ll have less competition when it comes to getting the funding you need, and your application may also progress quicker as there will be less requests to process. 

Benefit from current prices 

Course fees for master's degrees often increase in September, but by starting your master’s in May, you won’t risk having to pay higher fees for the course you want. This means you’ll have more peace of mind, and you’re likely to save money on your course costs, too. 

Seize longer days for better productivity 

For many of us, May spells out longer days and warmer weather. There's plenty of evidence that this leaves us feeling energised and in a better mood. So if this is the case for you, why not harness this natural enthusiasm to fuel your academic pursuits? 


By starting your studies in May, you can get inspired by changing up your routine with outdoor study sessions. Whether it's your garden, a quiet corner in the park or your local cafe, a refreshing change of scenery can supercharge your productivity. 

Establish a solid study routine 

With the hustle and bustle of daily life temporarily dialled down for many, the months of May to September provide the perfect opportunity to establish a solid study routine. Many employees take annual leave and jet off on holidays during this period, so there’s often a lull in workloads and meetings. While there's not as much pressure coming from your day-to-day work, you can spend more time on your studies. 


Consistency is key when it comes to mastering any discipline, and starting your master's in May allows you to lay the groundwork for a sustainable study routine. Whether it's setting aside a few hours every morning or dedicating weekend afternoons to exploring your course materials, you'll find that establishing a rhythm early on pays off in the long run. 


In short, this is your ultimate chance to hone your time management skills and cultivate the discipline necessary to excel in both your studies and your work. 

Get the breaks you need 

Worried that your online studies will get in the way of holidays and much-needed breaks? We all need a breather from time to time, and by studying with us, you’ll still get the downtime you need. We include regular breaks throughout the course, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to rest, recharge, and come back stronger. 

Flexible study with Hull Online 

Think of what September usually looks like in the workplace. Work is picking up again as organisations gear up for Q1. Friends and colleagues alike are returning from annual leave, and your calendar begins filling up. By starting your degree in May, you beat all of this. 


So what are you waiting for? Are you ready to take the leap and start your journey with us? Fill in our contact form, and one of our friendly advisers will reach out to get in touch. We’d love to have you join us:


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