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    Hey, so I've seen a load of courses that give you something like MNeuroSci, MLit, MPhys etc - so essentially an integrated Masters over a simple BA/BSc and then an MA/MSc.

    Does anyone have any experience of this and can tell me if this has any benefits/drawbacks? I've applied for MLit English at Bournemouth, but I'm starting to wonder if it would have been better to go for a regular BA and then MA.
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    (Original post by SkyRees)
    Hey, so I've seen a load of courses that give you something like MNeuroSci, MLit, MPhys etc - so essentially an integrated Masters over a simple BA/BSc and then an MA/MSc.

    Does anyone have any experience of this and can tell me if this has any benefits/drawbacks? I've applied for MLit English at Bournemouth, but I'm starting to wonder if it would have been better to go for a regular BA and then MA.
    It's all about funding.

    Student finance will cover the four years of an integrated masters.

    Student finance will not cover a standalone Masters, so unless you can self-fund, you're looking at Career Development Loans, which probably won't cover the cost of tuition + maintenance for the year and are at a higher rate of interest.

    If you're planning on an academic career there are arguments in favour of separate BA/MA - the standalone Masters could be better preparation for a research higher degree (this depends on the university and the modules). Doing the degrees at separate universities also gives you the chance to move, for the MA, to a university that specialises in your area of interest, again giving you more of a chance at that elusive funded PhD. But if you can't afford to do the Masters unless it's an integrated Masters, then that argument is a non-starter anyway.
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    (Original post by Jantaculum)
    It's all about funding.

    Student finance will cover the four years of an integrated masters.

    Student finance will not cover a standalone Masters, so unless you can self-fund, you're looking at Career Development Loans, which probably won't cover the cost of tuition + maintenance for the year and are at a higher rate of interest.

    If you're planning on an academic career there are arguments in favour of separate BA/MA - the standalone Masters could be better preparation for a research higher degree (this depends on the university and the modules). Doing the degrees at separate universities also gives you the chance to move, for the MA, to a university that specialises in your area of interest, again giving you more of a chance at that elusive funded PhD. But if you can't afford to do the Masters unless it's an integrated Masters, then that argument is a non-starter anyway.
    Yeah, I was wondering how I could afford it. Still, that makes a lot of sense, thank you.
 
 
 
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