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    Hello,

    I'm currently experiencing an "odd" situation and I really need some advise in order to move in the right direction.

    I graduated about 2 years ago from a French Business school, and I currently have an MSc in Finance (I spent my final year in the University of Nottingham).

    I've been working for about a year and half, doing finance and statistic-related stuff.

    I quit my job about 2 months ago. It was too much for me.

    I never really wanted to study Finance/work in the finance industry, it was just the way things went. I started to study economics, then joined a business school and eventually i had to chose a specialisation.

    Because I graduated in Finance and I needed some money, I tried to convince myself that this doing a finance-related job was something I had to do. I tried -really hard- to like what I was doing, but I just had no passion for the job.

    Ok, enough about my life ! Here's my issue.

    About a year before quitting my job, I started a distance-learning degree in Physics. Physics is what I've always wanted to study, and if it wasn't for my parents this is what I would have studied. Unfortunately I didn't manage to deal with both my daily job and my evening studies (I had 9am-7.30pm shifts, I was coming back home around 8pm and I had to spend at least 2 more hours studying on my own.)

    I am 27 years old and willing to start over everything. My goal, right now, is to get a Bsc in Physics in order to be able to join a lab or anything else, and eventually obtain a Msc. That's my long-term project.

    Right now I am struggling to find something that would allow me to earn some money and give me enough time to study.

    One of my friend in the US is actually employed by her university: she works for about 25hours a week and has enough time to attend her classes.

    I don't know if such a thing exists in the UK or anywhere in Europe, but this is exactly what I am looking for.

    I am not looking to get a decent job or anything related to my skills (finance). I'm just looking for something that would give me enough time to attend my classes (~20+ hours week).

    If you guys know any university that does offer such a thing (once again, I am willing to accept any salary, all I need is enough to cover my basic needs), I'd be really interested to know more about it.

    If you have any friends that has experienced the same thing or any other potential solution, once again I'd love to hear about it.

    Thanks !
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    That American model is pretty standard over there. The idea is that you work for your study/researchfunding, which the uni provides. The research is planned around that work commitment. There's no set UK equivalent and such a situation would be quite rare over here.

    At my uni to get anything similar, you would have to already be a staff member wishing to upgrade their academic qualifications. Staff can take courses at a heavily-discounted rate (or for free in some departments with lower proportions of staff with that qualification). However, the job and course aren't tied together in the same way as student positions in the US. They are essentially two separate things and you need to get the job before being considered for the course.

    Bear in mind that it's common for UK unis to charge International fees for second undergraduate or Masters degrees, even for Home/UK students. You may be looking at a much greater cost than the published Home/UK fees. I would advise checking direct with your target uni.
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    That's exactly what I found out when I spent some time looking up on the internet if there was anything similar to that American model.

    Money is indeed an issue for me. I had to make a student loan when I was doing my Msc and most of the earnings from my first job have been used to pay back that loan.

    I know that the uni fees are insanely high in the UK at the moment; when I was in Nottingham we had some Chinese students who were paying £15k per year and this is definitely something I can't afford.

    Is there any chance to actually find something interesting in the UK regarding this work/study situation or my best bet would be to look somewhere else in Europe ?

    I could spend some time getting in touch with each university one by one, but I am not sure if it is worth the effort (especially in a time where universities are raising their fees).
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    I could spend some time getting in touch with each university one by one, but I am not sure if it is worth the effort (especially in a time where universities are raising their fees).
    If you have time, it's certainly worth emailing unis to enquire - if you don't ask, you don't get! You never know, if your name/CV hits the right desk at the right time, you might pull something out of the bag. I wouldn't bet my life on it, but it's worth a shot if you have time.
 
 
 
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