I am currently a first year maths undergrad, and while the first year doesn't count towards the overall degree, I am currently averaging 90% (assessments and January exams) so this is giving me some hope for the upcoming years, although I'm aware it will get much harder.
I won't lie, initially I viewed University as a stop-gap, a means to an end. I wanted to get my degree and then get out into the real world, but I did not expect to enjoy maths this much.
I would love to carry on with it, and eventually get a PhD, I'd love to spend my life in academia.
I was talking to the head of first year studies, and he told me, based on my A levels (A*AB) and my current performance, that I could consider changing to the MMath course, which sounded really good. But would it be a better option, if my aim was ultimately a PhD, to go for a postgraduate masters?
I am going to University in my hometown, and if possible would want to do all my further study here, as the department is very good, and I really like the city.
I went to a talk they did during inter-semester break, and was told by one of the professors that funding for PhD courses is almost non-existent, and that if we wanted a chance of doing it, self funding would be our main option.
I realise this is a few years away, but I'd like to know more about where I'm heading, than end up there in a few years time and think, "I wish I'd asked about this sooner, and not deleted that post on TSR..."
Any help would be appreciated
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