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    (Original post by *SophieW*)
    Hi everyone!

    Ok so here’s my dilemma. I’ve been given the opportunity to study for an MSc in Adult Nursing at Leeds University, whilst I do have a degree, and technically qualify for the entry criteria, it is nothing related to healthcare (Business Studies). So now. I am wondering whether I will be too out of my depth and should stick to the BSc (which I hold an offer for).

    Has anybody else done anything similar? How intense are MSc courses?

    Thanks
    You'll have gained plenty of study skills from your previous degree, most of which you'll be able to apply towards the MSc. The subject matter won't be too complicated, so I wouldn't imagine you would struggle too much.

    I must admit I didn't do the MSc, but I would still opt for that if I were you. They wouldn't have offered you a place if they didn't think you were capable.
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    Yeah I'd agree with ForestCat, if you think back to what you did in the first year of your BSc.. a lot of it was probably more to do with basic study skills than actual content: how to reference, write an essay, use the library etc...
    I am sure you'd be more than capable of going with the more condensed course (that skips a lot of those basics). The MSc programmes do not expect people to have a science degree just experience of studying at university level.
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    Yh as previously said ou can use your previous to help you progress.
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    Thanks guys. I guess I'm just being a bit scared going completely into the unknown. Thanks for the advice
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    I already had a degree and had health care experience but i still chose to do the bsc rather than an msc as I had been out of education a while.
    I also wanted to do the basics of anatomy in my first year which I hadn't done previously.
    It all depends what you can think you can cope with to be honest.

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    I got onto the two year masters but decided to do the bsc instead.
    I've met a couple of msc students along the way and they've said it's not too bad. I always assumed having three years crammed into two would make it quite intense which is what put me off as I had no health care experience (I have a degree in psychology) but apparently it doesn't feel like that.
    If you have no health care experience then you may struggle with placements initially as you go out earlier on than bsc but it depends on how you adapt.
    On my first placement I met a girl on the msc also on her first placement and she also had no health care experience but she felt the staff expected more of her with her being a masters student.
    I don't think you'd struggle academically though as the theory isn't all that different.
    I don't regret my choice but if I could go back I would probably have done the msc, mainly because I would have qualified last month haha.
    As a result of my choice I'm in my sixth year of university and feel like I just want to start working now.
    At my uni the msc starts in January and finishes in January so they start 4 months later than bsc and finish 6 months earlier. Not a bad deal I would say



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    (Original post by WeirdLittleO)
    I got onto the two year masters but decided to do the bsc instead.
    I've met a couple of msc students along the way and they've said it's not too bad. I always assumed having three years crammed into two would make it quite intense which is what put me off as I had no health care experience (I have a degree in psychology) but apparently it doesn't feel like that.
    If you have no health care experience then you may struggle with placements initially as you go out earlier on than bsc but it depends on how you adapt.
    On my first placement I met a girl on the msc also on her first placement and she also had no health care experience but she felt the staff expected more of her with her being a masters student.
    I don't think you'd struggle academically though as the theory isn't all that different.
    I don't regret my choice but if I could go back I would probably have done the msc, mainly because I would have qualified last month haha.
    As a result of my choice I'm in my sixth year of university and feel like I just want to start working now.
    At my uni the msc starts in January and finishes in January so they start 4 months later than bsc and finish 6 months earlier. Not a bad deal I would say



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    Thanks, that's really helpful. Well I would be doing a 3 year msc course, as the first year is at bsc level. So hopefully that would ease me into it a little bit.

    I kind of feel if I do the msc that it will help me make up for lost time (as like you I will be doing a total of 7 years at uni - my first degree was a 4 year one) so I will want to get moving on up the career ladder as soon as I can really.

    Its interesting to hear that both bsc and msc placements could be in the same place, so it's likely the placement experience will be very similar. I just hope it also has the same amount of variety in modules, from the sounds of it a lot of the msc course is leadership/management based.
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    (Original post by *SophieW*)
    Thanks, that's really helpful. Well I would be doing a 3 year msc course, as the first year is at bsc level. So hopefully that would ease me into it a little bit.

    I kind of feel if I do the msc that it will help me make up for lost time (as like you I will be doing a total of 7 years at uni - my first degree was a 4 year one) so I will want to get moving on up the career ladder as soon as I can really.

    Its interesting to hear that both bsc and msc placements could be in the same place, so it's likely the placement experience will be very similar. I just hope it also has the same amount of variety in modules, from the sounds of it a lot of the msc course is leadership/management based.
    That's okay

    Oo, in that case, I think you may as well do the MSc. You usually have to have a Masters to progress into specialist roles so you might as well get it out of the way now!
    Yep, my first 3rd year placement I shared with a MSc student who was on their management (final) placement so placement experiences are pretty much the same!
    I'm not sure about the module content but I imagine you'd skip all the introductory stuff we got in first year with having a degree already.

    Go for it!!
 
 
 
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