Marcia107
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Hi guys,

I graduated with a BSc in July this year and have now returned to the same University to complete an MSc. My BSc was in Physical Geography, while my MSc is in Environmental Management.

It's only the end of the first week of lectures but I've already been given 2 assignments - their deadlines are within the first two weeks of November.

I was just wondering if anybody is aware of what I now have to do differently in terms of my assignments in order to be 'Masters' level?

Does anybody know what changes I now need to make to my assignment content? writing style? amount of referencing? quality of figures/tables/data? etc.

The only reason I am asking so far in advance is because I'm also working part-time while studying full-time, so need to prioritise my work and crack on with it whenever I get a chance to!

Thanks!
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A few things that come to mind immediately:

- you're probably expected to read more around the subject than before, i.e. more articles and from different philosophical points
- more importance on critically evaluating articles rather than just summarising their findings

If I remember correctly though, I had a lecture dedicated to this question in my masters.
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I was told that the key was demonstrating critical analysis of what I was reading. Finding opposing views, explaining how they differed then explaining which I preferred and why (or why I didn't like any of them!).

Reading was high volume but more focussed than at undergrad. There was more in-depth reading on smaller areas of my subject and I was responsible for finding it, rather than using supplied reading lists as a starting point and expanding on them.

When I had questions if this sort over my first assignment, I asked my course leader. Maybe yours could help?
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