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    I'm thinking of doing the MSc Psychology Conversion at UCLAN or MEd Psychology of Education at Uni of Manchester. Afterwards I may pursue a PGCE or go into educational psychology.

    Having trouble choosing between them. Both are close, but Preston is probably easier to get to. UCLAN is one full day 9-5. Manchester is 2 full days 12-8pm. As I have two young kids am veering towards UCLAN.

    Can anybody offer any advice to help me?
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    They sound like different courses so go where you think you'll get the best for your career plans and of course where is more convenient for your situation.
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    I've done the course at Manchester. In all honesty, 2 days is often barely enough time to get everything done so I would look a little askance at UCLAN if it's only one day a week. In terms of its conversion to ed psych it is incredibly well regarded and has a very high conversion rate. *
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    Thanks guys.

    Giella, askance? Was the course at Manchester tough. I'm also a little nervous about being out of my depth there!

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    They're all tough. I can just imagine it would be tougher with a decreased amount of input, which you're getting at UCLAN from the sounds of it.*

    I ultimately exited the Manchester course due to personal circumstances but the one thing I will say about them is that they're very supportive of students. They seem to get that everyone's converting and they gave us a lot of help on producing postgraduate level essays. They gave us an essay writing workshop and a chance to do a practice essay. They also offered tutorials for every essay, helping us get our outlines into place. I enjoyed it while I was doing it and I learned skills I'm still using today.*

    Every course is tough. You're supposed to be working at graduate level and producing graduate level psychology essays. It is still a master's in psychology remember. I would want all the help I could get. I don't see how you can really compare 6 hours of contact time a week (factoring in breaks) to 10 (breaks taken out).*

    And don't get me wrong, I didn't attend every lecture. I was doing a hefty commute on that course; a lot of us were. But you get discussions and stuff going on in that extended time which allow you the chance to shape your own learning.*I'm on a course now where you get your lecture time rationed and little time for discussion. I miss that. I can't imagine you'll get a lot of that on a more condensed timetable. *
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    Him, thanks for your thoughtful response. I'll be having a chat with family members to see what support I will get from them in terms of child care.

    Has anybody done the Uclan course?
 
 
 
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