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how did it go for you?
asking for a friend.
but I'm sat at a cricket match so may have gotten confused (like GB I have a degree but I'm really, really thick)
last hand-ins/sign off is next friday
and my doctorate from the school of hard knocks
A PhD is more about organisation and hard-work than intelligence. Sadly I'm not good at those things either.
This is what the letter T is, remember to look before crossing the road, etc
The rest is just gubbins.
and most of my GCSEs were Cs.
Make of that what you will.
i'm toying with the idea of getting into tonnes of debt and going back to do just anything interesting because I can't get a job as it is and I might as well do something interesting in the meantime. Also nobody will give you a loan to fuck off and live in canada or whatever
but often boasts of his TWO (count em) masters degrees.
I'd quite like to be a student again, but I'll probably stick to lecturing.
Just wealthy enough to pay for one and/or relatively hard working. I guess there is some talent recognised for intelligence if you get a fully-funded Masters/PhDs, or at Oxbridge, or doing really tough subjects like maths, or physics. Pretty much everyone's got a PhD these days.
fewer exams and I already have a degree (which is more important to employers) so the pressure's off. the only drawback is I don't get a holiday (I've had constant deadlines to work towards since November and I'm already about three weeks behind with my dissertation. don't have any money anyway). If I wasn't getting a scholarship I'd probably have done it part time.
I submitted my application (to do a completely different course from my undergrad) one evening (without even uploading the references) and i'd received an unconditional by the next afternoon.
it's a sad state of affairs really...
NERC pulled all MSc funding the year before I did mine which basically meant self funding myself:
£5k fees minus £1k bursary plus living costs = ~£9k career development loan. Not cheap.
The calibre of candidate in my year varied massively, whereas before you had a competitive system whereby 'good' candidates could get full/half year studentships (worth £7k for a half year) to do the course. I'm not sure that exists now, specially when the fees are now £10k, I couldn't afford to take that on then or now. Have CDLs been scaled up to accommodate these rises in fees? The max was £10k when I did mine (2011)
I found my MA much easier than my BA. No noticeable step up in difficulty but lots of other things made it easier.
In particular it felt like less of a conveyor belt - perhaps unfairly you seem to get treated a bit more seriously as a postgrad and have much more time with your lecturers.
I'm most likely gonna do postgrad after my degree, and I was nearly thrown out of school loads for being shit. But then I suppose I do study music, it's more creative than it is academic. But even academia isn't about innate cleverness, really.
'creative vs academic' and 'innate cleverness'
just dont like people saying creative mostly
will kind of be angry if i get accepted
then turn up and smile. And I'm a feckless eejit.
fortunately!!! i have a real MA. in journalism XD
not going to do one anyway because i'm poor and nobody understands why i've even done a ba in the first place. not even me. i've done an industry-based practical degree which has revolved entirely around self-sourced live briefs and freelance work with one extended written piece per year. to do a masters would be the worst idea ever, i think.
but compared to most people on drowned in sound, i'm a fuckin idiot.
no its not, it can be for college courses too
You can get a career development loan from some high street banks to cover PG study
The interview consisted of 'how are you going to pay?', and it was loads easier than undergrad (guess they don't have time to go into depth and also they make it accessible for those from different undergrad backgrounds).
For anyone who is in the same situation I was, mid 20s, with a not very employable degree and sick of admin jobs is highly recommend a social research methods masters, it's not too difficult, any undergrad degree will do, good part time and OU options and it's fairly easy to get a nice public sector research/analyst job, maybe not the most exciting career but I like it. It worked for me and I had all the employability of a teenage morrissey.
most social science masters involve various methods core modules. even if I don't use my actual degree subjects (law + sociology), the fact that I'm now great at stats and can use the software will get me a job doing some other research thing.
haha my masters is actually so easy. spent the first term really worried that I wouldn't be good enough and ended up getting an overall average of above 90%*
*in my university's weird marking scheme but still
do not be put off doing stats. it's actually extremely easy.
But I genuinely wouldn't have trusted a good 60-70% of people on my MA course to peel an orange. Think the general ethos qas: turn up, pay your fees, do about 4hrs work per week, and generally have a whale of a time on mummy and daddy's money (while pretending to be outraged at the rise in tuition fees). They can't all have failed.
Some found them useful and are doing well, some found them about as useful as their degree. I know someone whos got a MSc in Midwifery and cant get ANYTHING which seems mindboggling
Not entirely sure what in; and I dunno how realistic a goal that is to be honest
to do a part time masters, while living with my parents at home. Most part time masters seem to work out as one day a week so it would be quite do-able, and commuting would be much cheaper than living in London.
the Dr cocked up his first year of uni, went and did a random subject that he enjoyed afterwards, is good with people and reasonably clever but not a genius, and got onto a PhD course. Both Masters were similar really, it seemed to be more their personality and "brightness" than anything else.