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Hello, I'm currently in my first year at Sheffield Hallam University on their English course. I've been thinking about trying to do an MA at a Russell Group university but would they actually take someone on from an old poly? The entry requirements I've seen just say 'upper second humanities degree' but I'm sure they're competitive. I think I could've got into a better Uni if I'd worked harder/not had glandular fever in the run upto and including the A Level period and I want to prove to myself that I can get into an institution like that.

Sorry this is all a bit impetuous and rambling, cheers for reading, I know I've got plenty of time to think about what I do, just thought I'd float the idea now.
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if you get a 1st and a good reference, there is absolutly no reason you would be able to apply to oxbridge for a masters...let alone russell group...get a 2:1....and its suddenly a hell of a lot harder
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Ah OK thank you for the prompt response. Head down then
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If you have the cash, graduate with a good degree and have decent references/personal statement, anything is possible.
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If you have the cash, graduate with a good degree and have decent references/personal statement, anything is possible.
What's wrong with the AHRC?!
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What's wrong with the AHRC?!
I think he was implying I ought to buy my way in :p:
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I think he was implying I ought to buy my way in :p:
Eh now. Prestige isn't something you should be overly concerned about, and as a graduate you should choose somewhere best suited to your interests. If that somewhere happens to be Oxford (say) there'll be nothing stopping you, provided you get a strong (ideally First class) degree and some glittering references. Sheffield Hallam is grand for English.
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What's wrong with the AHRC?!
Erm, how about you can't count on it?:erm:
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Erm, how about you can't count on it?:erm:
Sure, but if counting on it is your only option, you don't need to already 'have the cash'. If you see what I mean.
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Sure, but if counting on it is your only option, you don't need to already 'have the cash'. If you see what I mean.
But if counting on the AHRC is your only option, then tigermoth's 'anything is possible' scenario doesn't really apply, does it?:confused:
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But if counting on the AHRC is your only option, then tigermoth's 'anything is possible' scenario doesn't really apply, does it?:confused:
His 'if you have the cash [plus a good degree and references] anything is possible' is wrong and potentially off-putting to anyone who has the latter two things but not the former. You don't need to have the cash for anything to be possible in this case: you need a strong degree, strong references, and strong proposal, and a little bit of luck with your AHRC bid.
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If you have a 1st and good references then how much do alevels matter when applying to a top uni? Does it differ in how much it matters for PGCEs compared with MA?

And are any unis snobby about where you did your first degree?

Thanks
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(Original post by the_alba)
Eh now. Prestige isn't something you should be overly concerned about, and as a graduate you should choose somewhere best suited to your interests. If that somewhere happens to be Oxford (say) there'll be nothing stopping you, provided you get a strong (ideally First class) degree and some glittering references. Sheffield Hallam is grand for English.
It's great to hear somebody say that, I think it's a cracking little course, with some great tutors and it gets an unfair slating just for not being a red brick.

I'm not too concerned about prestige, I know I'm not capable of Oxford or Cambridge, I'd just like to prove to myself that I can get myself up there, I'm kinda setting a Russ group as a target in my head. Saying that though I'll be mighty pleased if I get a first anyway. It's all a while away yet though.

Cheers for the advice.
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If you have a 1st and good references then how much do alevels matter when applying to a top uni? Does it differ in how much it matters for PGCEs compared with MA?

And are any unis snobby about where you did your first degree?

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I didn't even mention A-levels on my Master's applications. They don't matter in the slightest - concentrate on your degree transcripts.
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Personally I remain sceptical about your chances of getting into the most elite universities even with a first and amazing references, but you should be fine getting into the vast majority of Russell Group universities with a good 2:1 coupled with decent references and for the less prestigious perhaps even with a less good 2:1 and less good references.

Good luck
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Personally I remain sceptical about your chances of getting into the most elite universities even with a first and amazing references, but you should be fine getting into the vast majority of Russell Group universities with a good 2:1 coupled with decent references and for the less prestigious perhaps even with a less good 2:1 and less good references.

Good luck
This is wrong.
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Personally I remain sceptical about your chances of getting into the most elite universities even with a first and amazing references
This is based on what?

As Dann said: it's wrong
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I didn't even mention A-levels on my Master's applications. They don't matter in the slightest - concentrate on your degree transcripts.
Thanks,

where did you apply to? and where from?
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I know someone who got a 2:2 from leeds and went to cambridge, go figure
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Thanks,

where did you apply to? and where from?
I applied to Oxford, York, and Glasgow, and chose Oxford. I did my first degree at Hull.
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