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    Hi everyone,

    when you want do a masters does your undergraduate degree have to be relevant to the masters you want to do, like for an example you have a business degree and you want to do an economics degree

    or can you do any masters as long as you meet the entry requirements like for example you have an accounting degree and you want to do a masters in engineering
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    Depends but mostly it needs to be relevant unless its a 'conversion' course. For example, you can do conversion masters is areas such as law and psychology. Someone with an accounting degree couldn't do a masters in say physics as they wouldn't have the underlying knowledge. In other words, most masters are an advancement of specialist knowledge rather than simply to learn something new.
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    It has to be relevant. You would have trouble getting on a Master's in Economics with a Business degree though, unless you did a substantial amount of economics credits. However, you could get on with a Maths/Stats/Finance degree.

    As for two completely unrelated degrees, the chances are very slim, unless you have relevant work experience. Going from BSc Accounting to MSc Engineering would be near impossible. Remember, doing a Master's in a subject means moving up a level in that area and conducting research of your own - it makes very little sense to allow any graduate to apply to any subject - no different to needing certain A-levels to read certain undergraduate degrees.
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    (Original post by maskofsanity)
    It has to be relevant. You would have trouble getting on a Master's in Economics with a Business degree though, unless you did a substantial amount of economics credits. However, you could get on with a Maths/Stats/Finance degree.

    As for two completely unrelated degrees, the chances are very slim, unless you have relevant work experience. Going from BSc Accounting to MSc Engineering would be near impossible. Remember, doing a Master's in a subject means moving up a level in that area and conducting research of your own - it makes very little sense to allow any graduate to apply to any subject - no different to needing certain A-levels to read certain undergraduate degrees.
    How can you do a masters in economics with an maths degree - there ain't any economics credits in a maths degree
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    (Original post by mr T 999)
    How can you do a masters in economics with an maths degree - there ain't any economics credits in a maths degree
    Because an economics degree is nearly all maths.
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    (Original post by maskofsanity)
    Because an economics degree is nearly all maths.
    So if an economics degree is nearly all maths, can you do a masters in maths with an economics degree
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    Sometimes it can't be relevant. I wanted to go to Cambridge to get a Masters in Management after I am finished at Exeter, but for their Masters in Managent, you can not have studied Management as an undergrad, and I have.
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    As a person who is currently studying for a MSc in engineering, I don't think it's possible for an accounting grad to do well. They need a lot of previous knowledge and lecturers assume you have a lot also.

    I think maths degree to an economics masters is possible though, and going into management should be fine if you have done some management modules in the past? Not too sure of course.

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    (Original post by mr T 999)
    Hi everyone,

    when you want do a masters does your undergraduate degree have to be relevant to the masters you want to do, like for an example you have a business degree and you want to do an economics degree

    or can you do any masters as long as you meet the entry requirements like for example you have an accounting degree and you want to do a masters in engineering
    The entry requirements will include whether or not a relevant undergrad degree is required...as it wll be in the vast majority of cases. It doesn't always have to be exactly the same subject, but should related be enough that you can cope with advanced study. This will be hugely dependent on subject obviously.


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    Sometimes it can't be relevant. I wanted to go to Cambridge to get a Masters in Management after I am finished at Exeter, but for their Masters in Managent, you can not have studied Management as an undergrad, and I have.
    Seems to be peculiar to management - I believe Imperial also won't take management undergrads for their MSc management? Maybe there's only so much management you can learn
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    (Original post by mr T 999)
    So if an economics degree is nearly all maths, can you do a masters in maths with an economics degree
    It depends on the maths master's you wanted to do and what modules you had completed. E.g. you'd have a much better chance of getting onto MSc Financial Mathematics than MSc Pure Mathematics with an economics degree.
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    I would also like to know this.

    Could I progress to Msc Sports with a degree in a kind of similar degree (Social Sciences? I also have Fitness Instructor Qualifications and a firm interest in Sport/Fitness
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    I would also like to know this.

    Could I progress to Msc Sports with a degree in a kind of similar degree (Social Sciences? I also have Fitness Instructor Qualifications and a firm interest in Sport/Fitness
    I expect for more specialised masters such as sports they would be ok if you didn't do a sports undergraduate degree. However I struggle to see how social sciences are really relevant. If you have a qualification, perhaps. Just speculation.
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    (Original post by punctuation)
    I expect for more specialised masters such as sports they would be ok if you didn't do a sports undergraduate degree. However I struggle to see how social sciences are really relevant. If you have a qualification, perhaps. Just speculation.
    Well Social Sciences are within the same 'group' at my University, and same building. I always thought it linked up nicely due to Psychology being the study of individuals and their psychological well-being and health, and Sport being similar in the sense of their well-being fitness-health. It just depends upon what aspect you look at it.

    Thank you for your input and advice.
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    I'm a bit late to the party, but I would imagine it depends on your undergraduate degree, what credits and experience you have as well as what you want to go into. They let me in to Marine Biology, though I have a General Studies Bachelor's and part of an Aquatic Biology. I emphasized relevant courses, research experience and what about it they offered that I wanted to study. What got me interested in this thing in the first place?

    Granted, my transcript looks like that of a serial killer in training who likes biology (American schools are a bit more about breadth and I went for the shotgun approach, apparently). Personally, I would review their requirements and emphasize experiences and credits more than the degree itself. You might also get in touch with their admissions. I requested a few pamphlets and folks were generally very helpful.
 
 
 
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