Okay: say I achieved a low 2:1 in my undergraduate degree (which in fact I did). If I had started working after finishing this degree, but then wanted to go back a couple of years later to do a Master's, followed by a PhD, at universities considerably better than the middling one I did my undergrad at... How much of a chance would I have?
- How much weight would be given to the Master's, versus the Bachelor's and other qualifications achieved before it i.e. A Levels etc., when applying for a PhD?
- How much of a difference would the time gap make? If, say, there was a three-year gap between finishing the Bachelor's and starting the Master's, but I intended to start the PhD immediately after the Master's, would that increase the relative importance of the Master's?
- Alright, so I would have to apply before having finished the Master's, so any potential excellent results I achieved in it wouldn't come to light soon enough. What if I did two Master's degrees in a row, THEN applied for the PhD? Would that work?
In short I am wondering to what extent I can undo the consequences of my laziness during my undergraduate degree, when my attitude was "Let's just get this over with and do well enough to get a graduate job" and I didn't really take it seriously. Can I crawl my way back up, and if so, how?
How much can be overcome?
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