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    Well, I've just got some great and not so great news this morning. My current uni (a very good one) has offered me full funding to do my MA in Research Methods (I hope to do a PhD after this).

    However, even though I applied to my current uni, I'd set me heart on going to another uni. But I'd have to pay for everything myself if I did (e.g., fees, rent, etc), whereas if I stayed at the current uni, I'd have no fees and I'd get £12,500 to live on, pay rent and bills, etc.

    I don't know what to do. I'm currently living at home and was really looking forward to moving out and going to a new city - I've lived here for 12 years and never left home. But now, it's a question of paying a lot out to go to a new city and new uni, or staying put and getting this money (which is a very rare and amazing opportunity).

    I'm totally lost. I had my heart set on going to this new city and having a new life, where the uni would be a little bit better for my subject (and have more resources, contacts & links with the people/organisations I'm studying and opportunities, etc), but now I don't know what to do, because I've been offered this amazing opportunity here.

    Would I be really stupid to turn down £12500 plus a fee waiver (worth about £3500) to then have to find this money and pay it out myself in another city?
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    Hm, difficult one. Yes, the money to stay where you are would be amazing, but it would be also be a different sort of amazing, to move away, and experience other areas and at a uni that you say is better for your course.

    I'd probably move away to be honest, because although money is important, it's not my main priority, and there are loans and other ways of getting help to study.

    Good luck with whatever you decide!
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    take the money. =]
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    yeh
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    You could move away after doing your MA. It's only one year, maybe do PHD at a different uni?
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    (Original post by SephirothXI)
    You could move away after doing your MA. It's only one year, maybe do PHD at a different uni?
    That's what i was going to suggest.


    Take the money then run after a year.
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    go for the cash mate.
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    Yup. Totally take the money!
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    Are you totally sure that you couldn't get funding for the other uni? I'd always go for the one that fulfills my "scientific requirements", and, as you said, you plan to do your ph.d. as well which sounds like you're planning an academic career. In that case, i wouldn't underestimate reputation of the other uni!

    i would take the money-you can always your PHD elsewhere-is it worth struggling, when you could save money for when you go elsewhere.
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    It does partly depend on how much better the non-funded course would be. If you think that doing the other course will give you a significant advantage when applying for funding for the phd, then it might make sense to do your masters without funding.

    On the other hand, if the courses are not that different in quality, you might be better off taking the money offered to you, and save the money for the phd. Also, the funding will mean you won't have to work as well as study, and so you might do better on the masters than if you had to struggle financially and work part time at the same time.
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    (Original post by SephirothXI)
    You could move away after doing your MA. It's only one year, maybe do PHD at a different uni?
    He won't get away with this.

    How is he going to get good references if he betrays people after a year? Not happening mate.

    (Original post by Platocrates)
    He won't get away with this.

    How is he going to get good references if he betrays people after a year? Not happening mate.
    I disagree, if he stays on at the same uni for one more year,he will get good references. Also, i think diversity in institutions is respected-shows that one doesnt live in a comfort zone.

    (Original post by Platocrates)
    He won't get away with this.

    How is he going to get good references if he betrays people after a year? Not happening mate.
    I disagree, if he stays on at the same uni for one more year,he will get good references. Also, i think diversity in institutions is respected-shows that one doesnt live in a comfort zone.

    (Original post by Platocrates)
    He won't get away with this.

    How is he going to get good references if he betrays people after a year? Not happening mate.
    I disagree, if he stays on at the same uni for one more year,he will get good references. Also, i think diversity in institutions is respected-shows that one doesnt live in a comfort zone.
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    I see you disagree enough to post it three times, I guess I lost!

    (Original post by Platocrates)
    He won't get away with this.

    How is he going to get good references if he betrays people after a year? Not happening mate.
    I disagree, if he stays on at the same uni for one more year,he will get good references. Also, i think diversity in institutions is respected-shows that one doesnt live in a comfort zone.

    sorry, something happened with PC.
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    (Original post by hibernation)
    Are you totally sure that you couldn't get funding for the other uni? I'd always go for the one that fulfills my "scientific requirements", and, as you said, you plan to do your ph.d. as well which sounds like you're planning an academic career. In that case, i wouldn't underestimate reputation of the other uni!
    Funding is so competitive anyway, that I'm very lucky to even get offered this - there is no way I could get funding for this year now at the other uni , and I don't really want to waste a year doing nothing.

    Both uni's are great, I'm not doubting that... both are red-brick, russell group unis. It's just each has their specialisms with my subject area... the other uni (in terms of my subject/department and overall), whilst technically ranked slightly lower than my current uni, would be better for the specialist area I'm interested in I feel, with more staff and resources devoted to this within the department.

    But for the MA to prepare me for the PhD, there is no real difference between the courses I guess.
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    (Original post by Platocrates)
    He won't get away with this.

    How is he going to get good references if he betrays people after a year? Not happening mate.
    I have checked with my uni, and there is no committment required beyone one year... the only condition for this funding is to have an intent to complete a PhD after this MA.

    The department have said that they will help me get funding elsewhere if I wish, but as part of the award I've been given, I do have a fee wavier for the PhD should I choose to stay on for that here.
 
 
 
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