Women gain more than men from master’s degrees, finds IFS

Uplift not enough to stop UK female postgrad’s pay being lower than male postgrads at 35

Women get the greatest financial benefits from taking postgraduate degrees, although their pay levels still lag well behind those of men with master’s degrees and doctorates, according to research published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

The study of people who took master’s degrees earlier in their career found that – compared with similar individuals with undergraduate degrees – women gained a pay bonus worth 2% of their income, while men saw a -2% effect compared with what they would have earned without a postgraduate qualification.

Related: Gender pay gap begins for students straight after university – report

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