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    Hi everyone,

    The first time I went to university I fell into a subject I didn't really end up enjoying at university level, wasn't allowed to switch and consequently didn't do so well (2:2).

    Since university I started doing some Open University modules in a course I really love. I think I want to go for a Masters in this subject. However, some people are telling me I should look at University of London's International Programmes where I could get a graduate diploma from LSE (wouldn't say distance learning on the diploma).

    My questions: Should I stick it out with my OU BSc or try the Diploma if I want to go for a Masters? I will probably do a GRE as well. Thoughts?
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    Hi everyone,

    The first time I went to university I fell into a subject I didn't really end up enjoying at university level, wasn't allowed to switch and consequently didn't do so well (2:2).

    Since university I started doing some Open University modules in a course I really love. I think I want to go for a Masters in this subject. However, some people are telling me I should look at University of London's International Programmes where I could get a graduate diploma from LSE (wouldn't say distance learning on the diploma).

    My questions: Should I stick it out with my OU BSc or try the Diploma if I want to go for a Masters? I will probably do a GRE as well. Thoughts?
    Funding is probably a major consideration. Currently, there are postgrad student loans available, but only for people who don't already hold a postgrad qualification. If you do the UoL programme you'll not be eligible for funding in the future - you'll need to weigh up whether the OU degree will be more or less expensive in the long run, and if you can actually afford either/both options.

    You'll also need to look at the availability of courses. Is there a distance learning programme available in a subject you want? They won't offer everything, so if the course you enjoy isn't available then you can't do it.
 
 
 
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