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    Hi

    I'm looking to do my MA part-time over 2 years which would involve 2 modules per term, I would also like to get a pt job and maybe work 20 hours a week to help with costs

    Has anyone got any experience of trying this or working and studying at the same time? any thoughts or feedback would be appreciated

    Just wondering on work load, time etc etc
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    Few friends of mine are doing it along side me. It's doable, and you can get good marks (and in one case get promoted) whilst doing it. Whether it's wise is questionable and depends on your circumstances.
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    HI there,

    I have always worked part time and studied through my undergrad degree and postgrad MA studies.

    I work 18 hours per week, and im in lessons for my MA 3 days per week. My advice and experience would be all down to how you manage your time and how self disciplined you are. It is hard work, and when im not at work i spend a lot of time in the library studying or at home studying and try to get work started (such as assignments) as early as possible to give myself extra time to compensate for the time lost due to my job. It is possible if you are dedicated enough. I sometimes during the run up to essay deadlines have to be selective with my university work e.g. if there is a seminar that is not really relevant to my research during ultra busy periods, i go to the library instead to work on my essays, and neglect some of the recommended reading although i try not to do this i sometimes have to as i work late nights and it gets tiring!

    I sometimes think 'oh it would be so much easier to stay on top of things if i didnt work' however, I had a period of 4 months during my undergrad where i didn't have a job and i found it harder to motivate myself.I think in a way working whilst studying can be a blessing as in my experience, it encourages you to make early starts on essays and manage your time more effectively.

    Sorry for the ramble, i hope this helps
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    This is all very helpful, thankyou

    It would only be 2 modules per term so working part-time and studying would be feasible. I'm a 3rd year undergrad right now and in the library most of the time, I think doing an ma parttime and working pt aswell would motivate me to do uni work when not at proper work.

    After the replies on here and speaking to someone on twitter it seems doable!
    Out of interest do you still have enough time for much socialising/relaxing?
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    (Original post by Ajwyeahhh)
    Out of interest do you still have enough time for much socialising/relaxing?
    I don't think many Masters students - full or part-time - have much time for that! The step up from undergrad in terms of workload is pretty full-on. I found that I could sometimes free up one evening a week to go to the pub with my mates, but generally evenings and weekends were spent studying/researching/writing assignments. When I reached the dissertation, it was a seven day a week job for a few weeks.

    In my experience, generally your social life goes out the window with any sort of Masters - although you do occasionally have to prioritise relaxation or go potty.
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    (Original post by Ajwyeahhh)
    This is all very helpful, thankyou

    It would only be 2 modules per term so working part-time and studying would be feasible. I'm a 3rd year undergrad right now and in the library most of the time, I think doing an ma parttime and working pt aswell would motivate me to do uni work when not at proper work.

    After the replies on here and speaking to someone on twitter it seems doable!
    Out of interest do you still have enough time for much socialising/relaxing?
    I only do 2 modules per semester also, but yes it is pretty full on whther working or not. The work load is heavy and i do spend 7 days a week on MA work but not full days due to my job. When i finish a long shift i go straight to the library for a few hours before going home which is tiring but it has to be done.

    I dont get time for socialising or relaxing really. I live with friends though so I can take ten mins here and there and have a chat with someone who i live with but thats about it, or go to the library with a friend

    I do my MA full time so its just for one year, and id rather take one year of having a poor social life and getting my MA than having a flourishing social life and not getting my MA
 
 
 
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