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    Hey all, I've just finished an undergraduate degree and I'm thinking of doing a masters (Deadline for applications is Friday!) but I'm still debating working for a year to save up some money. Would working for a year and applying next year affect my chances getting a place or should I just apply now for 2015 entry ?
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    The only way I can see it affecting your chances is if increased numbers of graduates in the year below you are competing for places next year. If your work is relevant, it could even help you secure a place. If you're genuinely interested in the masters, it doesn't hurt to apply, but don't rush into it if you think you'd rather wait for something more interesting to you. You could always turn it down if you got an offer but changed your mind.
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    (Original post by littledude565)
    Hey all, I've just finished an undergraduate degree and I'm thinking of doing a masters (Deadline for applications is Friday!) but I'm still debating working for a year to save up some money. Would working for a year and applying next year affect my chances getting a place or should I just apply now for 2015 entry ?
    No, it wouldn't. Perfectly normal to save up money.
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    (Original post by littledude565)
    Hey all, I've just finished an undergraduate degree and I'm thinking of doing a masters (Deadline for applications is Friday!) but I'm still debating working for a year to save up some money. Would working for a year and applying next year affect my chances getting a place or should I just apply now for 2015 entry ?
    No, it shouldn't. It could actually even aid you (with references).
    Perhaps you should consider applying this year and then defer entry if you receive an offer.

    All the best.
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    Many people take a year (or two, or five, or more) before doing a master's, for a variety of reasons, one of the most common of which is to save money to do it. Not an issue at all.
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    It's likely to be better if anything, ever if you're taking a year out just travelling.
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    (Original post by littledude565)
    Hey all, I've just finished an undergraduate degree and I'm thinking of doing a masters (Deadline for applications is Friday!) but I'm still debating working for a year to save up some money. Would working for a year and applying next year affect my chances getting a place or should I just apply now for 2015 entry ?
    Its the option I took, and I got accepted onto the course of my choice for Sept 2016
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    People studying on a masters are a really versatile bunch. It's normal to be on a course with people who have been out of education for a decade or more.

    So no, a year out or even longer should not compromise a masters application one bit. Don't even worry about it
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    Working is always a good thing, especially if it allows you to save up money for your Masters.
 
 
 
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