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    I'm starting a Masters in International Relations having previously studied languages. I got a 2.1 for my undergraduate but it was touch and go at one point.

    A lot of the people on my course seem very intelligent and qualified. Many have scholarships awarded for academic excellence and their background is in politics or IR.

    How can I do well in my MA?? Am I good enough??
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    Yes you are, if you got a 2:1 in your undergraduate degree you are more than qualified.

    The problem with masters degrees are the 50% pass rate, the content is significantly harder and the pass rate is higher, so it is very possible to scrap a pass in a few modules if you don't study them well.

    Worst thing can happen is failing the masters and coming out with a postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate (though the dissertation should save you hopefully!)
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    (Original post by fg45344)
    Yes you are, if you got a 2:1 in your undergraduate degree you are more than qualified.

    The problem with masters degrees are the 50% pass rate, the content is significantly harder and the pass rate is higher, so it is very possible to scrap a pass in a few modules if you don't study them well.

    Worst thing can happen is failing the masters and coming out with a postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate (though the dissertation should save you hopefully!)
    Oh wow I didn't realise that - by 50% pass rate do you mean only 50% of students pass their Masters or that you need 50% to pass?

    I guess it doesn't work the same as undergraduate then, where you have 60% and 70% as your targets?

    How do the grade boundaries work? I also didn't realise that if you fail you are awarded a diploma or certificate...
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    I got 60 in my undergrad - just a 2:1 .

    now in my masters (I am a lot more mature) - I am achieving 80-90's - top 1st .

    Always remain positive, always reflect on your work and understand how to improve it and go for it!

    Basically trying to say - anything is possible!
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    You're a suitable candidate for a masters. *Many people do them with a 2:2 grade.
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    (Original post by abc:))
    Oh wow I didn't realise that - by 50% pass rate do you mean only 50% of students pass their Masters or that you need 50% to pass?

    I guess it doesn't work the same as undergraduate then, where you have 60% and 70% as your targets?

    How do the grade boundaries work? I also didn't realise that if you fail you are awarded a diploma or certificate...
    You need to get 50% to pass, 60% for Merit, then 70% for a distinction. But they might have other rules, like for mine to get a distinction overall, I need over 70% overall and in my dissertation, and at least 65% average in taught modules.

    I believe you get a diploma if you only pass 60 credits worth of modules, a certificate for 120, and a masters for the whole thing. Something like that
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    (Original post by TeaAndSugar)
    You need to get 50% to pass, 60% for Merit, then 70% for a distinction. But they might have other rules, like for mine to get a distinction overall, I need over 70% overall and in my dissertation, and at least 65% average in taught modules.

    I believe you get a diploma if you only pass 60 credits worth of modules, a certificate for 120, and a masters for the whole thing. Something like that
    Every uni - and potentially department - can set its own Masters pass criteria. We had Pass/Merit/Distinction at mine, but many just have Pass/Distinction. Mine calculated my grade averaged over all taught units with the dissertation as a double-weighted unit. However some insist that you must get a Distinction for your diss before awarding a Distinction, even if you average over 70% overall. Mine didn't offer any intermediate qualifications depending on credits - either you passed or you failed.

    Best to check up front for each individual course.*
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    (Original post by TeaAndSugar)
    You need to get 50% to pass, 60% for Merit, then 70% for a distinction. But they might have other rules, like for mine to get a distinction overall, I need over 70% overall and in my dissertation, and at least 65% average in taught modules.

    I believe you get a diploma if you only pass 60 credits worth of modules, a certificate for 120, and a masters for the whole thing. Something like that
    60 credits is PgCert
    120 credits is PgDip
    180 credits is Masters *
 
 
 
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