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Does anyone have any experience with it? Do you recommend it and why/why not?
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Does anyone have any experience with it? Do you recommend it and why/why not?
It is pretty much the standard way to do a PhD in social sciences. You have to do an MA anyway to get onto most PhD programmes in this area.
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im half way through it... what you want to know?

i didnt want to do the 1+3 route but it was the only way i could get funding from the research council. most phds begin with research training. the 1+3 extends this research training by making you do a dissertation (instead of an mphil/phd conversion paper). basically, given the assumption that many phds run over the 3 year period, the 1+3 route makes you do an extra term in research methodologies and gives you a masters degree qualification, rather than letting you run over the 3 year limit without giving you any qualifications.

the key benefits are (1) a masters degree (2) a dissertation to refine your methodology (3) opportunities for research funding and (4) opportunities to submit your thesis early (i.e. in under 4 years if you are ready).
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im half way through it... what you want to know?

i didnt want to do the 1+3 route but it was the only way i could get funding from the research council. most phds begin with research training. the 1+3 extends this research training by making you do a dissertation (instead of an mphil/phd conversion paper). basically, given the assumption that many phds run over the 3 year period, the 1+3 route makes you do an extra term in research methodologies and gives you a masters degree qualification, rather than letting you run over the 3 year limit without giving you any qualifications.

the key benefits are (1) a masters degree (2) a dissertation to refine your methodology (3) opportunities for research funding and (4) opportunities to submit your thesis early (i.e. in under 4 years if you are ready).
So is year one like a normal MA and do you obtain an actual MA qualification or do you get a PhD at the end stating that it included an MA? Is year one in any other way different from an MA?
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year one is a masters degree yes - and you actually get the masters degree in research methodologies.

if you dont do the "new route" (1+3) phd and do a traditional phd you will have to do the research training anyway, but you wont get a masters for it. the new route phd means you spend an extra term doing the research training and get a masters for it, rather than letting you do the the first two terms of training only and not get a masters.

then you move on to the phd, which is 3 years.

it appears as if you are spending a year longer, BUT you can submit your thesis early and come out with a masters and a phd in the same amount of time.

As i say, many phds run over 3 year limit, so these courses are designed to allow for that, and let you get an extra qualification as a consequence.

try looking at this site: http://www.newroutephd.ac.uk/
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Thanks!
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