Dissertation not going well, can I change to a PG diploma at this late stage?

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Or am I doomed to having to do my dissertation? It's due end of August, I've lost the will to live just thinking about it.

What is the difference between the full masters and diploma? Would it affect anything career wise? Is there anything I should be aware of?

This is a masters degree i''m talking about.
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I highly recommend speaking to your academic advisor or dissertation supervisor. If there are reasons for this you might be given an extension. My understanding is that in order to successfully complete your masters you will need to submit your thesis. If you would like to exit without the masters I’m sure at the very least you will be able to carry credits attained during the course of study that may constitute a PGD. Best of luck
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I highly recommend speaking to your academic advisor or dissertation supervisor. If there are reasons for this you might be given an extension. My understanding is that in order to successfully complete your masters you will need to submit your thesis. If you would like to exit without the masters I’m sure at the very least you will be able to carry credits attained during the course of study that may constitute a PGD. Best of luck
So it's not a simple thing then? I thought it would be quite a easy thing to do. I have no need for an extension, I've just had enough and want to move and concentrate on finding a job.
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In some places, failing the diss but passing everything else will result in the lower diploma being given. You need to check your handbook, really.

Personally I'd do the dissertation. What is it, 15,000 words tops?
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So it's not a simple thing then? I thought it would be quite a easy thing to do. I have no need for an extension, I've just had enough and want to move and concentrate on finding a job.
It’s pretty much the same process as undergraduate study. You attain credits by completing modules, so long as you need the required number of credits for any given award you can ask to receive this exit award. This is usually determined by an academic board. I would check your programme guide for the number of credits attached to the dissertation component vs credits required for PGD these should be outlined. My gut instinct is that you should be fine to exit with PGD but without knowing your programme or the modules you’ve undertaken/completed as part of your masters it’s difficult to say. I would check with your institution. Best of luck
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Or am I doomed to having to do my dissertation? It's due end of August, I've lost the will to live just thinking about it.

What is the difference between the full masters and diploma? Would it affect anything career wise? Is there anything I should be aware of?

This is a masters degree i''m talking about.
There's a massive difference between a full Masters and a Diploma - it's like the difference between an A level and an AS level. Your University regulations may not allow for you to decide to 'change qualification', it may be an academic decision that requires a committee to review your performance and decide if it is worthy of a diploma award, it may not be a simple 'switch'.

I'd get help on the dissertation asap.
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Employers could see the PGDip as 'a failed masters', and it probably won't add much (if anything) to your cv.

You've got six weeks. That's short enough to feign enough interest in the subject, and long enough to nail the dissertation. Totally doable if you want it. Obviously it's up to you if you want to push yourself a bit to get there. Good luck whatever you decide.
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