Completing a masters dissertation by June Watch

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I've been offered a place on a 12 month entrepreneurship masters which requires a 20000 word research dissertation.
The issue is that I need to undertake a summer internship from June to August next summer ... when I'm expected to complete the dissertation.

Do you guys think it's reasonably achievable to complete the dissertation by June as long as I work on it throughout the year?
I never did a dissertation at UG level and don't understand how the project supervisor stuff works. Would I have to maybe even meet my supervisor during the June - August months?

The masters has no exams so I won't have to prepare for them during spring months and I'm quite proficient at writing essays.
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Yes, perfectly possible. Not least, you need to decide if the internship is worth more to you than the degree - you've got a lot of 'requires', 'need', 'expected' assumptions in there and the only one of them that is likely to be a real absolute is the dissertation needing to be completed to be awarded the degree.
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Hi all,

I've been offered a place on a 12 month entrepreneurship masters which requires a 20000 word research dissertation.
The issue is that I need to undertake a summer internship from June to August next summer ... when I'm expected to complete the dissertation.

Do you guys think it's reasonably achievable to complete the dissertation by June as long as I work on it throughout the year?
I never did a dissertation at UG level and don't understand how the project supervisor stuff works. Would I have to maybe even meet my supervisor during the June - August months?

The masters has no exams so I won't have to prepare for them during spring months and I'm quite proficient at writing essays.
Totally possible, I did my dissertation in two weeks. And it's not that hard - a dissertation is just a really big assignment.
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Yes, perfectly possible. Not least, you need to decide if the internship is worth more to you than the degree - you've got a lot of 'requires', 'need', 'expected' assumptions in there and the only one of them that is likely to be a real absolute is the dissertation needing to be completed to be awarded the degree.
I want to move into investment banking and in order to get the role - I will most likely have to undertake an internship to get a full-time role. As a masters student, this would be my last shot to apply to these internships and so I really don't want to miss the chance.


As a side question - Is it usually early or late September when we are expected to do the oral exam? As it may overlap with internship commitments. My university is being overly vague with the details.
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I want to move into investment banking and in order to get the role - I will most likely have to undertake an internship to get a full-time role. As a masters student, this would be my last shot to apply to these internships and so I really don't want to miss the chance.


As a side question - Is it usually early or late September when we are expected to do the oral exam? As it may overlap with internship commitments. My university is being overly vague with the details.
That's because they don't know! They won't schedule those oral exams until June next year! Do they even do oral exams for everyone or is it just a viva for those in marginal positions or for benchmarking?
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That's because they don't know! They won't schedule those oral exams until June next year! Do they even do oral exams for everyone or is it just a viva for those in marginal positions or for benchmarking?
It's something the whole cohort has to do I believe. It makes up 10% of the course mark available.

Thank you for the advice. I'll definitely try to do the internship route and worry about the oral when I have to.
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That's because they don't know! They won't schedule those oral exams until June next year! Do they even do oral exams for everyone or is it just a viva for those in marginal positions or for benchmarking?
Just as a quick follow-up, what would your advice be if I want to try and complete an internship in July-Sep?
Do you think I should aim to do the dissertation throughout the academic year and submit it by July - and does that sounds plausible?

Given I will have almost 0 free time and will probably book one day off for the oral exam, are there any potential pitfalls I'm not seeing? such as a need to stay in contact with the project supervisor? (shouldn't be needed if I able submit pre-internship)

My university seem adamant that I should not aim to do this but the whole reason I'm doing this masters is for career reasons. If it requires me working a lot in the run-up to the internship, I don't mind.
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Just as a quick follow-up, what would your advice be if I want to try and complete an internship in July-Sep?
Do you think I should aim to do the dissertation throughout the academic year and submit it by July - and does that sounds plausible?

Given I will have almost 0 free time and will probably book one day off for the oral exam, are there any potential pitfalls I'm not seeing? such as a need to stay in contact with the project supervisor? (shouldn't be needed if I able submit pre-internship)

My university seem adamant that I should not aim to do this but the whole reason I'm doing this masters is for career reasons. If it requires me working a lot in the run-up to the internship, I don't mind.
I'm in a similar situation but I am a Bachelor's student, so take that into account.

I have to hand in the completed thesis by the first week of July and I received a very interesting internship offer for the summer. So what I have done is I accepted it and I will start right from the second week of July (after I submitted the thesis), take some days off to go back for my thesis defence, and then continue working. It is definitely possible to do, and I am not aware of anything that requires you to be at your university after you hand in your thesis, but you may want to check that with your university.
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You have to start the course and see how it goes. Only you know how hard you can work and how well you can work and it will only be evident if you can do it if you try. You can always bail on the internship if yo can't complete the dissertation for some reason.
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Hi all,

I've been offered a place on a 12 month entrepreneurship masters which requires a 20000 word research dissertation.
The issue is that I need to undertake a summer internship from June to August next summer ... when I'm expected to complete the dissertation.

Do you guys think it's reasonably achievable to complete the dissertation by June as long as I work on it throughout the year?
I never did a dissertation at UG level and don't understand how the project supervisor stuff works. Would I have to maybe even meet my supervisor during the June - August months?

The masters has no exams so I won't have to prepare for them during spring months and I'm quite proficient at writing essays.
It's potentially possible to get your masters dissertation done by June, however you'd likely have to do the bulk of it entirely independently- at my uni we didn't get assigned supervisors until May so it was only then I had someone to discuss my topic with and what methodologies I should use. Ordinarily i.e. where the dissertation is being done over the summer months, it depends on the supervisor as to whether you meet with them really, some are strict about regular meetings, mine didn't mind that I went home, we just emailed occasionally. You also need to check when submission opens, at my uni you could only submit an assignment from a couple of weeks before the deadline and it had to be done in person.
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