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    (Original post by Smophie)
    Unfortunately I don't have the funding available, if I can get my tuition paid (which will be over by February) I can drop down to part time hours, it is a job where I can work from home with the hours I choose and I did time table everything I would need to do. Such as lectures, work and homework.

    I just wondered if other people had the same situation, luckily aside from work (I'm already doing a 60 hour week now) I have nothing much to do with my time.
    I'm planning the same.

    I'm currently working a full time mon-fri job and using my holiday entitlement to be able to do the masters and I also have a part time job on the weekend... (luckily my course is taught in intensive blocks. I think I'm going to die....
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    Do you think it's possible to find extra funding when you have already started your PhD programme? If this issue has already been discussed here, I do apologize, I just couldn't find any previous posts on this.
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    Question: Interested in doing Development Studies postgrad, can anyone point me in the direction to search for funding?

    Thanks!
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    Hi. I am British but have been living overseas for many many years (in a British overseas territory). I am back in the UK doing a Masters. Were on the electoral roll already. I brought my family with me, OH is working but money is VERY tight and its run out big time. I have applied for one loan and one overdraft both refused. I suspect its because we have no credit history and that i am a student, because we have so far managed to pay everything on time. I need to get some money fast. Given that i have been back in the UK since Sept (but i am British) what are the chances of getting a PCDL? I know now that the two applications for credit which have been refused will look bad but what can i do? Cheers
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    Hi everyone, I'm new here so not sure if this is the right place! I'm applying for the Sustainable Urbanism Msc at UCL, but am having huge difficulties finding funding. Does anyone know where current/previous students on this course have got funding from? Are there places that people get funding from to go straight from undergrad or do most people on this course come from mid-career, sponsored by their employer?
    Thank you!
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    Hello,
    I will be applying for my masters in September. Can anyone who has managed to secure funding in the past tell me what sort of degree classification they have achieved? Do you need to have a first to gain funding for an English masters?
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    not necessarily, but most people will have firsts. However, most people who get offers will have firsts, so the grade doesn't say much
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    Hi, i'm applying for 6 different LLMs up and down the country: KCL, QMUL, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester & Cardiff (this is the order of my preferences). Each offer their own scholarships and some offer AHRC Scholarships. I just wanted to know what sort of candidate universities want to offer scholarships? Does anyone have any idea about competition levels? Or any advice about what to put on forms? I am on course for a strong 2:1/1st and graduate in June.

    Also, the AHRC awards cover taught masters programmes right? And if I say get offers from 4/6 of the above (hypothetically lol), can I apply for funding for all of them? Will there be conditions to accept one offer by a certain time? I'm worried about accepting one offer and then not getting funding for it.

    Any advice would be much appreciated!
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    (Original post by noregrets)
    Also, the AHRC awards cover taught masters programmes right? And if I say get offers from 4/6 of the above (hypothetically lol), can I apply for funding for all of them? Will there be conditions to accept one offer by a certain time? I'm worried about accepting one offer and then not getting funding for it.

    Any advice would be much appreciated!
    I'm almost 100% sure that AHRC only covers research Masters... but anyone feel free to correct me on that! When I asked my careers adviser about applying for an AHRC for an MPhil she basically laughed at me and told me they're only funding PhD candidates nowadays due to the economic climate and increased demand... So that basically crushed my dreams lol :rolleyes: I reckon she's just a bit senile though so don't take her word for it (even though I think I have... )
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    (Original post by kkumk)
    I'm almost 100% sure that AHRC only covers research Masters... but anyone feel free to correct me on that! When I asked my careers adviser about applying for an AHRC for an MPhil she basically laughed at me and told me they're only funding PhD candidates nowadays due to the economic climate and increased demand... So that basically crushed my dreams lol :rolleyes: I reckon she's just a bit senile though so don't take her word for it (even though I think I have... )
    I like being the bearer of good news The AHRC does cover taught masters. What you probably heard is that the award is called "research preparation award". This means that unless you clearly state in your application that you intend to do a PhD, they won't even consider you. The idea is that they fund people who want to do research (hence calling it "research preparation award", but many universities don't offer "research Masters", especially for Humanities. I am doing a taught Masters and I have the AHRC, so as I said, hope is out there
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    (Original post by kkumk)
    I'm almost 100% sure that AHRC only covers research Masters... but anyone feel free to correct me on that! When I asked my careers adviser about applying for an AHRC for an MPhil she basically laughed at me and told me they're only funding PhD candidates nowadays due to the economic climate and increased demand... So that basically crushed my dreams lol :rolleyes: I reckon she's just a bit senile though so don't take her word for it (even though I think I have... )
    They do cover taught Master's as well. There are two types of AHRC Master's funding - Research preparation and professional preparation

    That said, AHRC funding is pretty rare for Master's as there's such a limited amount. There are far fewer AHRC MA funded students than there are funded PhD students...

    You can look at the figures on the AHRC but it's pretty depressing reading.
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    A few days ago York let me know that I got AHRC funding for one of their taught English MA strands Research preparation is the one I'd gone for. So don't despair, fellow taught MA applicants, looks like the ball is rolling for MA applicants too. Unfortunately I have to make a decision about accepting or declining this funding extremely soon, which is a downer... Especially as I haven't heard from Cambridge yet about funding... It has made me more confident about my intended research though, I wasn't expecting it to stand out.
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    (Original post by fadingwinters)
    A few days ago York let me know that I got AHRC funding for one of their taught English MA strands Research preparation is the one I'd gone for. So don't despair, fellow taught MA applicants, looks like the ball is rolling for MA applicants too. Unfortunately I have to make a decision about accepting or declining this funding extremely soon, which is a downer... Especially as I haven't heard from Cambridge yet about funding... It has made me more confident about my intended research though, I wasn't expecting it to stand out.
    most unis have a specific number of AHRC awards for masters students so of course there will be students with the AHRC at masters level, they will just be far fewer.
    Congratulations btw.
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    (Original post by *Corinna*)
    most unis have a specific number of AHRC awards for masters students so of course there will be students with the AHRC at masters level, they will just be far fewer.
    Congratulations btw.

    Ah I see

    Thanks!
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    Hey guys!!

    This seemed the most appropriate thread. I was offered a postgraduate place today and it's a Masters that includes training for other qualifications. However, the main issue that I have is whether even a part-time job would impact on my degree? Has anyone else had experience of doing a part-time job as well as studying a Masters?
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    (Original post by DotComBoom)
    Hey guys!!

    This seemed the most appropriate thread. I was offered a postgraduate place today and it's a Masters that includes training for other qualifications. However, the main issue that I have is whether even a part-time job would impact on my degree? Has anyone else had experience of doing a part-time job as well as studying a Masters?
    I worked one day a week with my MA (History so only 6hrs contact time) and it was ok in the first few months. I stopped in the March though to concentrate on assignments and the dissertation
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    (Original post by DotComBoom)
    Hey guys!!

    This seemed the most appropriate thread. I was offered a postgraduate place today and it's a Masters that includes training for other qualifications. However, the main issue that I have is whether even a part-time job would impact on my degree? Has anyone else had experience of doing a part-time job as well as studying a Masters?
    I think it really depends on how efficiently you work (academically I mean). When I was doing my masters I was also working 25-30 hours a week. I was exhausted most of the time and didn't have much of a social life, but oddly I found that it helped my time management, and I worked very effectively on my reading and assignments. I was studying International Political Theory, and so it wasn't like i had to be in a lab, but both work loads together were very tough. I did extremely well in my Masters but I honestly wouldn't recommend getting a job unless you absolutely have to and you can cap your hours at 10 or so a week.
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    Cheers for the reply guys, has given me a lot of food for though.
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    Hey everybody. So eventually after several interviews and turn downs on funding, I just got that one lucky email from UCL telling me they want to give me an AHRC RPM studentship. However on second looks I've realised this says that because I am an EU student, the award covers fees only and no maintenance.

    Of course I'm aware that EU applicants are only eligible for fees-only awards. But I was under the impression that if one had lived in the UK for three or more years immediately preceding the award, they would be eligible for a full award. I'll have lived in the UK for nearly five years by the time the course starts (I'll be getting permanent resident status two weeks into the course in fact).

    I've just had a look at the AHRC Guide to Student Funding to check this, but it's somewhat confusing. At one point under residency conditions it says "A relevant connection may be established for an EU student if the student has been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the start of the course (including for full-time education)." but then later on under "fees-only awards" it says "Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible (subject to their eligibility on grounds of academic qualifications) for awards restricted to the payment of tuition fees only and no maintenance award." Most places advertising AHRC funding likewise state that if you have more than three years residency you'd get a full award.

    Does anybody know what I'm really eligible for? I'm just so confused and frustrated at this being so unclear right now...

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