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not just cos you think it'll get you more ££
I'd like to do a masters but I cant think of one thats i'd like to do.
it's pretty boring.
Something in neuroscience or psychology might be interesting.
What was your undergraduate degree?
and BA in Recording Arts lol
I did computer science as well! No recording arts though :(
Perhaps you could combine the two in one all-conquering masters that will enable you to record stuff on your computer?
Or you could buy a digital microphone or something?
i am thinking about this RIGHT now
Jesus christ, a masters at the LSE is about £10,000. A masters at SOAS is £6000. Bloody hell.
you can usually get a bursary that will cover your fees and give you living expenses. Mine paid the fees and I got quite a lot of money for it - plus I was the only person who got my finger out and applied for my own research placement, so I ended up working at a pharmaceutical company in Switzerland. DOLLA DOLLA BILL Y'ALL.
but social sciences seem more competitive and well, there is far less money about. i thought maybe it wouldn't be that hard, as i know quite a few people that got funding after doing sociolology degrees but then they are WELL clever and hard-working (i forgot about the last bit when contemplating MA plans)
also, well done
Afterwards I worked at a university for a while, and now I write image analysis algorithms for a pharmaceutical company. I'm trying to get a new job, though, with less computery elements to it...
I was offered a place at the informatics course at Edinburgh at the same time, but took the Manchester one as it was a lot more money and I didn't think I could afford Edinburgh. In retrospect, it would perhaps have been better to do the Edinburgh one, as you can select a whole range of options within informatics (eg do modules in bioinformatics, neuroinformatics, artificial intelligence, robotics, etc).
If you're looking at anything similar, make sure you pay attention to any sections on mathematical modelling. I don't really know what it is, but as it can be applied that seems to be where all the jobs / money / research is now... !
Did chemistry, computing, english, history and maths in 5th year, but then did physics in 6th year.
I've never studied biology :-o
I came here to post exactly that. You getting in first ain't gonna stop me. Now way, no how, missy.
called 'Art, Space and Nature'. It looks awesome.
Not a dig - I'm all for a good spreading of study.
my choice will probably be ver career-orientated.
....but what career do i want? yarghj
id be doing to for kicks really. I thought about astronomy once
but i'm too afraid
i'm not telling you what it's in because you'll all laugh and tell me what a waste of time it is. cheers.
it's media, communications and culture.
it was a bit of a last resort....i applied to do some english ones in london but they wouldn't let me in...but i also realised i'd rather die than commute to london all week
so then i decided to go back to where i got my degree. and it's what i'm good at so....y'know......play to your strengths.
i think my tutor wants me to be a lecturer so it might be good for that eventually.
i was expecting you to say somthing like medival english lit
except it's got more of an English language kind of emphasis I think. I am embarrassed telling people the full title because they just go "what's that then?" so I've just been telling everyone I'm doing English.
I did BSc Physics so it's a total change for me, but it wasn't worth doing the Msc because I was never going to go and do anything sciency because the jobs are all too boring-sounding.
he's doing a PhD on lymph node development modelling. We're an immunology lab.
I know many many people who done computer science degrees and taken up a biologically-related PhD.
Maybe a masters isn't what you should be looking for... welcome to PhD-land, brother.
ie. dont i need a masters first?
I certainly didn't for my biology PhD, they required a 2:1 or higher, and if you didn't get that, then you could do a Masters to make up for it. Of course, a Masters on your CV won't do any harm.
On the other hand, some subjects require you to do the Masters before the PhD. In some cases (ie university specific) they'll make you do a masters as part of your PhD (so you'll do a 4 year project, with 1 year masters first and 3 years PhD after).
Still the problem is getting funding for Masters. PhDs are easier to get funding for (but by no means easy) since you'll be doing original research, which Research Councils are obviously set up for doing. Masters courses are largely taught, or at least 50:50 split, so that's not really front-line research and thus difficult to get funding for. There are opportunities available though, but having never done a Masters I'm not very clued up on them. I guess sites like findamasters.com (or whatever it is) will help you out with that.
id do him
for anyone whose done a not very empoyable social science degree (though they probably take people from any background if youve got the ££)because:
its fairly interesting sociological subject matter, it provides specific skills, its not very hard, sets you up for a phd if you want to do one someday, useful for a job in academia or public sector. Everyone on my course who hasnt gone on to furthur study has landed a research job (took me the longest at one year but thats because im a bit rubbish), a friend of mine who I did the course with got a job with govenment social research and now earns close to £30k and its her first proper job, im sure it is the easiest route to a £30k there is (non gov places closer to £23k though)
am having a crisis because i've realised my last year modules which i'm choosing now are completely useless for making an application to a social research methods course.
where did you do yours?
what places do you recommend?
i'm thinking of applying to manchester next year, the spring year after
I think it is supposed to be the 2nd best social research methods course after LSE so id recomend it (it costs £3-4000 ish. They didnt care about past modules they just wanted a 2.1 in a related subject (though people came from many other backgrounds, I think if you can pay and they think you can do it then your in). Its a pretty dull uni but its got a really good employment record because they taylor all their courses to employers needs and have a good work placement scheme (that I foolishly skipped). There were a few people on my course who commuted from london, its not far and the course is only 3 not very full days a week (or one for the part time course). Im not too sure about other places, probably the best bet would be to look at the ESRC site to see which uni's have funded places and match that up with places you might want to go
i'm trying to change one of modules now to something more practical just because it limits what i can put down if i do apply for esrc funding (wondering if talking about something so far ahead is really that sensible)
surrey do seem have a ton of esrc places and a good reputation, but i was scared about it being an incredibly boring place, but if its possible to commute than it doesn't matter
oh right I didnt realise the modules were needed for the funding, I didnt even consider funding because I just assumed I wouldnt get it but then when I started the course and saw the people who did get funding they just seemed normal (except one who was a complete idiot so if he could get it it cant be that hard).
It is quite a boring place, but its also kind of nice because it is so self contained everyone gets to know each other, but yeah the train from london to guildford is 40 minutes and the uni is right behind the station
especially since i'm getting a 2.1 now, but it can't hurt to try. at least, i won't mentally have resigned myself to £8000 of debt, which i'll almost definitely have instead of funding.
modules probably aren't needed, at least no-one has said so, but then it will give me more to say on an application form, i suppose
reassuring to know about the complete idiot
I think it all comes down to the quality of your proposal, I think it is the uni's that interview people and make the decision so if you research their research interests and set out a really detailed proposal that fits in with their work you probably stand a good chance, I know at surrey they are really keen on 'mixed methods' so proposals that incorporate that would probably be seen favourably
I was 26/27 at the time there were 4 younger than me who either were straight from undergraduate or had done a gap year, there were about 4 people inbetween my age and early 30's, then there was one 40 something and one 50 year old. There was alot of cross over between my course the part time course and the criminology course and I cant remember all of them but id say it was about 40/60 between 40 % 22/23 year olds who just finsihed first degrees and 60% mid 20's and upwards
but it's not really possible as I did Computer Science/Bus first time round. There's Philosophy of Science in a few places, would be pretty interesting. Kings do it, though i doubt I'd get in there and besides it's biiiiiiig bucks.
Far and away the most interesting year I've ever had. Didn't really help me vocationally, but that wasn't why I did it.
just a thought
i'm probably be further up the career ladder if i'd actually gone into the field and just tried to get a job doing this sort of thing, and if i knew what i knew now i'd have smarter at school and done some kind of science.