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    Hello,

    I have been considering a postgraduate course ( Taught Masters Full Time) at the uni I currently study at. The course says its 12 months, but I was wondering what this really means. Undergraduate programs are typically 3 years but you normally get time off from May/June to september...

    Are postgrad courses the same?
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    (Original post by lorniex)

    Are postgrad courses the same?
    No.

    Usually 3 terms of taught courses then summer period writing a research dissertation. This is why its a 12 month course running autumn to autumn.
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    (Original post by returnmigrant)
    No.

    Usually 3 terms of taught courses then summer period writing a research dissertation. This is why its a 12 month course running autumn to autumn.
    Oh I see! so kind of when the undergrads leave for the summer, postgrads are still camping in the library? hmm, so if i'm going to be looking for accomodation, i'm going to need somewhere with a longer tenancy than June
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    (Original post by lorniex)
    Oh I see! so kind of when the undergrads leave for the summer, postgrads are still camping in the library? hmm, so if i'm going to be looking for accomodation, i'm going to need somewhere with a longer tenancy than June
    Most student accommodation (Unite, IQ etc etc) has options for 50 week tenancies or something similar to allow for postgrad courses.
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    Great! You have been really helpful!
    Really obvious question but how is the work load in general? And when you say 3 teaching terms, what do you mean?


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    You usually have taught modules during all three terms, and the usual essays/assignments etc to complete.

    Postgrad learning is VERY different - its much less teacher led and you will be mostly working/studying on your own.Depending on subject, the class size will be small (there was only 3 of us doing my MA) and there will probably be no lectures just tutorials once a week. Its a much more individual study experience - so don't make the mistake of thinking its 'like a 4th undergrad year' because it isn't. Forget undergrad 'holidays' as you will have a heavy work load and stuff to read/complete even when you dont have classes. Its about intensive study in a much more specialised area and learning how to do in depth research.
 
 
 
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