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    I'm currently going into my third year of a music degree at the University of York and looking to apply for a masters in musicology starting 2017. My long-term plan is to become an academic, so clearly this is a vital step along the way.

    Having attempted to find out when I should be applying for a masters, so I have the time to get an application together and know what to expect, I still can't find a clear answer. When exactly should I apply for? When should I start getting my application together? And, if anyone knows, what can I expect of the process?

    Not only this, but I'm even more confused about how to secure funding which I'll certainly need if I'm to go through with another degree. What are the options open to me?

    Any advice would be much appreciated!
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    (Original post by dkj50496)
    I'm currently going into my third year of a music degree at the University of York and looking to apply for a masters in musicology starting 2017. My long-term plan is to become an academic, so clearly this is a vital step along the way.

    Having attempted to find out when I should be applying for a masters, so I have the time to get an application together and know what to expect, I still can't find a clear answer. When exactly should I apply for? When should I start getting my application together? And, if anyone knows, what can I expect of the process?

    Not only this, but I'm even more confused about how to secure funding which I'll certainly need if I'm to go through with another degree. What are the options open to me?

    Any advice would be much appreciated!
    You can get a £10k loan for a one year full time masters from student finance england like me?!
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    (Original post by dkj50496)
    I'm currently going into my third year of a music degree at the University of York and looking to apply for a masters in musicology starting 2017. My long-term plan is to become an academic, so clearly this is a vital step along the way.

    Having attempted to find out when I should be applying for a masters, so I have the time to get an application together and know what to expect, I still can't find a clear answer. When exactly should I apply for? When should I start getting my application together? And, if anyone knows, what can I expect of the process?

    Not only this, but I'm even more confused about how to secure funding which I'll certainly need if I'm to go through with another degree. What are the options open to me?

    Any advice would be much appreciated!
    You should only apply for funding after you have been accepted on a place, even if this is provisional. You can probably start looking in to this (places of masters you want to do) now, but the actual crunch time will be may next year, when you get your final grades confirmed!
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    You can get a £10k loan for a one year full time masters from student finance england like me?!
    Unfortunately not, I'm with SAAS (Students Awards Agency for Scotland). The masters loans are only available to English students. That's why I'm so confused about securing funding — or at least in part. But I wouldn't have thought even £10k would be enough to cover living expenses and fees.
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    (Original post by dkj50496)
    Unfortunately not, I'm with SAAS (Students Awards Agency for Scotland). The masters loans are only available to English students. That's why I'm so confused about securing funding — or at least in part. But I wouldn't have thought even £10k would be enough to cover living expenses and fees.
    I also have a wife, and a portfolio, and dla and credit cards to help me through it. I understand this won't necessarily help you though. Maybe look for part time work?
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    (Original post by john2054)
    I also have a wife, and a portfolio, and dla and credit cards to help me through it. I understand this won't necessarily help you though. Maybe look for part time work?
    Those always help. Afraid I have none of them. And though I'm definitely considering the job prospect, that does seem like more of a helping hand than actual financial security in the first place so I can go through with an application. My preference being Durham doesn't exactly help either — not many jobs there.
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    (Original post by dkj50496)
    Those always help. Afraid I have none of them. And though I'm definitely considering the job prospect, that does seem like more of a helping hand than actual financial security in the first place so I can go through with an application. My preference being Durham doesn't exactly help either — not many jobs there.
    Have you considered applying for a basic credit card? Capital one are quite good, i have two cards with them, and they offer preliminary credit checks, which don't hurt your rating??
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    Have you considered applying for a basic credit card? Capital one are quite good, i have two cards with them, and they offer preliminary credit checks, which don't hurt your rating??
    Not keen on getting myself into credit card debt to fund my postgraduate study and, in any case, it won't be nearly enough to cover the total costs in itself. Was thinking more about scholarships, etc. Just not even sure where to begin.
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    You could consider the career and development loan currently only offered by cooperative bank. Maximum loan amount is £10k. It is a loan that can be used to fund training or education to help you improve your career prospects. I've got one to help pay for my MSc starting next month. The interest on the loan is paid by the government for the duration of your course but after you finish you are expected to start paying it back same as you would a personal loan. It's not right for everyone but worth looking at. If you need more info just do an internet search, there is plenty of info on there.
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    Hi
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated, so I'm set to graduate in 2017 from a BSc Chemistry degree and I have no desire to stay at this uni for my masters, however I feel like getting into a different university will be difficult because I have no summer placement experience of any sort so I feel like I will have hardly anything to write in a personal statement. I don't know what to do because I haven't had the best time at my current university and I don't think I could handle an extra year.
    Thanks



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    (Original post by anita-573)
    I'm set to graduate in 2017 from a BSc Chemistry degree and I have no desire to stay at this uni for my masters, however I feel like getting into a different university will be difficult because I have no summer placement experience of any sort so I feel like I will have hardly anything to write in a personal statement.
    Practical experience in your subject might give you an edge, but few Masters courses have it as a requirement.

    My Masters application focussed on:
    - My motivation: You can still put your enthusiasm across without a placement to back you up. What is it that particularly interests you in that specific Masters at that particular uni? You just have to articulate it rather than demonstrate it. Has the subject featured in your undergrad degree? What makes you want to go further in this specialism?
    - Your degree result
    - Two good/excellent academic references from your undergrad uni
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    It's too late now to be thinking about summer placements, although maybe you could ask staff at your current uni if they need a couple of weeks of your services as an intern before the start of the academic year (if they're contactable at this point) or even over the Christmas break.*
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    (Original post by dkj50496)
    Unfortunately not, I'm with SAAS (Students Awards Agency for Scotland). The masters loans are only available to English students. That's why I'm so confused about securing funding — or at least in part. But I wouldn't have thought even £10k would be enough to cover living expenses and fees.
    Depends on where you study. I did my Masters & paid rent for less than £10k because my uni fees were relatively low and I lived in one of the cheaper areas of the UK.

    Anyway in your case its worth looking at the career development loan, like Sparkle has suggested. As with the student finance loan the max you can borrow is £10,000, however the Co-op will do a credit check and could decline you or only offer a lesser amount. Full details are here http://www.co-operativebank.co.uk/lo...velopment-loan

    Apart from that there isn't one clear source of funding. Individual universities offer a limited number of postgraduate scholarships, the amount and eligiblity criteria vary by university and they are usually very competitive. There are private organisations which grant money to those in need- they decide and money varies by amount but each award isn't usually very much.

    As far as when to apply goes, there is no set deadline for all universities. Some have their own deadline, others take applications until they are full- this could be December, it could be June. They each have their own application process but generally they will all want a personal statement, they may want a CV and they will most likely want referees.
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    (Original post by dkj50496)
    I'm currently going into my third year of a music degree at the University of York and looking to apply for a masters in musicology starting 2017. My long-term plan is to become an academic, so clearly this is a vital step along the way.

    Having attempted to find out when I should be applying for a masters, so I have the time to get an application together and know what to expect, I still can't find a clear answer. When exactly should I apply for? When should I start getting my application together? And, if anyone knows, what can I expect of the process?

    Not only this, but I'm even more confused about how to secure funding which I'll certainly need if I'm to go through with another degree. What are the options open to me?

    Any advice would be much appreciated!
    Hi there,

    Most universities will let you apply for postgraduate study at any time of the year, sometimes right up until a couple of weeks before the course starts. However, it's best to get your application in early so you can prepare your funding, housing etc. I'd recommend having a look on the different websites of the universities you're interested in, as they'll be more information on there.

    If you'd like to find out more about funding specifically, we have a Postgraduate Drop-In Evening coming up. They'll be a talk on funding (including bursaries) and an opportunity to speak with our advisors afterwards so they can answer any questions you have.

    I hope that helps

    Corinna
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    As a note, Kingston don't offer the MA Musicology which the OP is seeking. The OP would need to confirm that their MA Music can be sufficiently tailored to provide an acceptable basis for more specific PhD research.
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    As a note, Kingston don't offer the MA Musicology which the OP is seeking. The OP would need to confirm that their MA Music can be sufficiently tailored to provide an acceptable basis for more specific PhD research.
    Thanks Klix88! Totally right - you'd need to speak with our Postgraduate Music tutor, their email is here.

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