Masters degree application: Informal 'telephone chat' from the admissions team.

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I've applied for a Masters degree. I exceed the requirements. However, I was emailed by the admissions tutor today, who asked if he could phone me for a chat next week. He wrote that it wasn't an interview, but an informal chat. Has anyone had any experience of this? It seems unusual for a Masters degree. Why are they phoning me? They have my references, personal statement, two assignments etc.
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Hey Tawny Owl,

It isn't that unusual for some Universities. I met the requirements for my MA without much hassle too, however the Admissions Tutor still wanted to have a chat with me over the phone. While I cant speak for what yours will want to discuss, mine just wanted to get to know me a little, ask some questions about me and find out what I expected from the course.

All the best,

David
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Hey David,

Thanks so much for your reply. That's reassuring. It makes sense that they would
ask what I expect from the course etc.

I'll have to prepare for the questions they might ask. I don't want to mess up!

Thanks again.
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Hey again Tawny,

No problems. I hope it all goes well!

All the best,

David
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I took the day off work and stayed at home, so that I could concentrate when I was
telephoned for my informal 'telephone chat' on the scheduled day.

I was given a specific date when the admissions tutor would call, but I wasn't told
what time or whether it would be am or pm. So anyway, I got all prepared with
possible questions and answers.

Unfortunately however, the admissions tutor did not call! He didn't email to
explain or make alternative arrangements.

Has anyone else had any experience of this?
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Hi,

I still haven't received any phone calls or emails from the admissions tutor. I emailed him directly. Should I contact the admissions team (i.e. someone else in the admissions team) to find out how my application is progressing? Or, would this be seen as a bit
undiplomatic?

Thanks.
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Hey again Tawny,

That is a little odd. Do you have his number? You could try calling him yourself?

All the best,

David
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Hey David,

Thanks for replying again.

No, I don't have his phone number. He has my number, as I confirmed it in the reply that I sent to his original email. It does seem odd. I'm baffled.
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No problems!

If it was me I'd definitely chase it up. It's never fun to not know what's going on, especially when someone hasn't been in touch who should have.

I'd just be ultra-polite about it and see what's happening.
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Hey David,

Thanks. You're right. Your reply has given me confidence to chase it up, without
feeling too awkward about doing so.

Thank you.
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No problems.

Let me know how it goes as I'm pretty curious to find out now too!
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I'll let you know what happens.
Thanks again.
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Hi,
I just thought I'd mention that the admissions tutor called and I was offered a place
on the MA a couple of days ago.
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Hey Tawny,

Good news

Was the conversation what we expected in the end or an informal interview kind of thing?

All the best,

David
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Hey David,

Thanks for your reply.

It was quite a short and fairly informal conversation with the tutor. I was asked what I expected from the course and why I thought I would be suitable for it. He had read my personal statement and he mentioned that I seemed very certain about the direction of my
planned dissertation (at the end of the Masters), so he asked me if I was flexible, in case certain optional modules didn't run this year.
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Hey Tawny,

All sounds pretty productive and useful conversation wise.

Hopefully you enjoy the course and get lots out of it!

All the best,

David
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Sounded like an interview aha.

Great news it went well though!
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Hey David,

That's kind. Thanks for taking the time to help and advise.
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Thanks 'The Empire Odyssey' for your comment.
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Anytime!
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