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Hi. I am a very mature student and recently embarked on a 1 year full time masters course. However, I feel I was misled and accepted onto this Masters degree course when it wasnt suitable for me as it is way beyond my academic capabilities. I have voiced this opinion since 5 weeks into the start of the course when I became out of my depth. I really want advice on how to get out of this course without forfeiting this one and only chance to study at Masters level. I want to source a person knowledgable in legalities who can help me with this as I feel it is the universities error not mine. Any information/help gladly received. Thanks in advance
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Hi. I am a very mature student and recently embarked on a 1 year full time masters course. However, I feel I was misled and accepted onto this Masters degree course when it wasnt suitable for me as it is way beyond my academic capabilities. I have voiced this opinion since 5 weeks into the start of the course when I became out of my depth. I really want advice on how to get out of this course without forfeiting this one and only chance to study at Masters level. I want to source a person knowledgable in legalities who can help me with this as I feel it is the universities error not mine. Any information/help gladly received. Thanks in advance
If you feel you are out of your depth and this is not for you you will need to withdraw from the course. To get on another you will need to meet their entry requirements. You may want to get some work experience before you embark on another course.
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Hi. I am a very mature student and recently embarked on a 1 year full time masters course. However, I feel I was misled and accepted onto this Masters degree course when it wasnt suitable for me as it is way beyond my academic capabilities. I have voiced this opinion since 5 weeks into the start of the course when I became out of my depth. I really want advice on how to get out of this course without forfeiting this one and only chance to study at Masters level. I want to source a person knowledgable in legalities who can help me with this as I feel it is the universities error not mine. Any information/help gladly received. Thanks in advance
To get on a master's course they check your educational history, grades of your most recent exams, and industry related experience/skill. If these match the Masters degree requirements, then you are admitted to the course. Whether you feel you are out of the depth is not the issue. You should read the uni's terms and conditions - this will be in the prospectus and on their website.

Did you inform the university esp your module tutors that the course is unsuitable by email/in writing? If you didn't, it will be difficult to argue legally that the university owes you anything.

Some options spring to mind:

1) Ask to transfer to another course, taken your completed modules withe you to be credited against your new course. You'll complete the same no. of modules with no change in payments. Your MA/MSc title might be slightly different. You'll need to speak to the uni to allow the transfer.

2) Drop out of this MA/MSc and start again with another one. You won't get a refund for the modules already taken and will have to take all the required modules for the MA/MSc, so this will cost you more money. Again you will need to speak to the uni.

3) Drop out completely and re-enrol at this or another uni at a later date. Note that course requirements can change and can be higher than your grades /experience / skills. You may not get a refund for the modules you have taken already. The university may choose not to allow you to enrol with them the next time round, so you may have to enrol elsewhere.
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If you feel you are out of your depth and this is not for you you will need to withdraw from the course. To get on another you will need to meet their entry requirements. You may want to get some work experience before you embark on another course.
Hi thanks for taking your time to respond but sadly its not an answer to my query atall and answers questions I have not asked.
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Hi thanks for taking your time to respond but sadly its not an answer to my query atall and answers questions I have not asked.
I'm sorry you feel that way. Unfortunately there is advice and advice you want to hear. Turns out my advice is not the latter so all I can say is good luck!
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To get on a master's course they check your educational history, grades of your most recent exams, and industry related experience/skill. If these match the Masters degree requirements, then you are admitted to the course. Whether you feel you are out of the depth is not the issue. You should read the uni's terms and conditions - this will be in the prospectus and on their website.

Did you inform the university esp your module tutors that the course is unsuitable by email/in writing? If you didn't, it will be difficult to argue legally that the university owes you anything.

Some options spring to mind:

1) Ask to transfer to another course, taken your completed modules withe you to be credited against your new course. You'll complete the same no. of modules with no change in payments. Your MA/MSc title might be slightly different. You'll need to speak to the uni to allow the transfer.

2) Drop out of this MA/MSc and start again with another one. You won't get a refund for the modules already taken and will have to take all the required modules for the MA/MSc, so this will cost you more money. Again you will need to speak to the uni.

3) Drop out completely and re-enrol at this or another uni at a later date. Note that course requirements can change and can be higher than your grades /experience / skills. You may not get a refund for the modules you have taken already. The university may choose not to allow you to enrol with them the next time round, so you may have to enrol elsewhere.
Thank you for taking time to respind. Yes im aware of all of those options and yes the university were aware of the fact I was struggling academically after 5 weeks by email and conversation with course leader. Im really looking for someone who is aware of any legal loopholes I can look into as I feel I was admitted onto this course without the level of academic backgroynd knowledge as came in from a wholly unrelated course and its scienced based. Any advise about different options no need to give me as I know of my options but any advice relating to universities legal responsibilities would be helpful although meeting with registrar at some point next week. Thank you
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I'm sorry you feel that way. Unfortunately there is advice and advice you want to hear. Turns out my advice is not the latter so all I can say is good luck!
Hi. No its good advice it just doesnt relate to my question and answers questions I didnt ask if you read back as I didnt ask about my options.Thank you tho
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Hi. No its good advice it just doesnt relate to my question and answers questions I didnt ask if you read back as I didnt ask about my options.Thank you tho
There are no legal loopholes using which you can take the uni to court and win. You were accepted based on the fact that you met the entry requirements presumably (no you don't need to necessarily have done a relevant course). If you can't keep up and haven't asked for support then that's up to you. If you have and haven't been given support then you can complain.
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There are no legal loopholes using which you can take the uni to court and win. You were accepted based on the fact that you met the entry requirements presumably (no you don't need to necessarily have done a relevant course). If you can't keep up and haven't asked for support then that's up to you. If you have and haven't been given support then you can complain.
Hi again. Thanks for your response. I havent mentioned taking university to court? Ive just had a message from another site giving me some great advice on how to approach this problem as apparantly is not uncommon and theres a few things I can do and certain forms to fill out so Im going to take that advice but thank you anyway for your input. It was a genuine enquiry looking for a solution. Evetybody needs help.sometimes and you guys seem angry about the problem. Hopefully youl never be in a sticky situ!
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Hi again. Thanks for your response. I havent mentioned taking university to court? Ive just had a message from another site giving me some great advice on how to approach this problem as apparantly is not uncommon and theres a few things I can do and certain forms to fill out so Im going to take that advice but thank you anyway for your input. It was a genuine enquiry looking for a solution. Evetybody needs help.sometimes and you guys seem angry about the problem. Hopefully youl never be in a sticky situ!
You asked for legal advice which suggests that you want to take someone to court. Anyway it’s great that you’ve got what you apparently wanted to hear. We help hundreds of students regularly. Good luck!
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You asked for legal advice which suggests that you want to take someone to court. Anyway it’s great that you’ve got what you apparently wanted to hear. We help hundreds of students regularly. Good luck!
Thank you anyway. No I never asked for legal advice I asked if anyone knew of any legal loopholes. Also asking for legal advice never implies wanting to take someone to court. Taking someone to court is a very serious undertaking and in no way implied in me reaching out to someone who may know something that may help me. There is a relevent request form to fill in which I now know about thanks to a response ive just had from a university member of staff as not every university gets it right all of the time. How could they? Thanks again
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I find this thread very strange....presumably you knew of the course structure, the modules etc, when you applied to the course, and felt you were up to the challenges. In what way do you think that the uni had misled you? Also, if you had meet the academic entry requirements (or even if you haven't, but had compensated with practical experience, and expressed a keen desire to get on to the course), in what way do you think that the uni had made an error?
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