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Hello,
I am a Swedish student about to finish my undergraduate and am now looking to do my MSc in the UK. When entering my references should both academic references be from my university or could one be from my upper secondary school (equivalent to A-levels). The reason for that is that my university lecturers usually have 50+ students at the same time and we might only have the same lecturer for 1 or 2 modules so they don’t know the student very well like my upper secondary school teachers did.

Thank you in advance!
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Your academic references should be recent. Not someone from secondary school
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(Original post by Emno)
Hello,
I am a Swedish student about to finish my undergraduate and am now looking to do my MSc in the UK. When entering my references should both academic references be from my university or could one be from my upper secondary school (equivalent to A-levels). The reason for that is that my university lecturers usually have 50+ students at the same time and we might only have the same lecturer for 1 or 2 modules so they don’t know the student very well like my upper secondary school teachers did.

Thank you in advance!
Your references should be recent, and ideally reflect how you cope with university-level study, which means it would be sensible if both your references were from you current university.
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Okay, fair enough. Are the universities expecting a lot from these references? I don’t know how it is in UK but we only see the lecturers during the lecture and then at the final exam, they don’t usually even know our faces. The only thing they can say is how we performed on any hand-ins and at the final exams.
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No, they won't be expecting too much from them. It is the same in the UK, the people who you put down as your referees may not know you very well at all, but every University student should be allocated a personal tutor and it is part of their role to provide student references regardless of how well they actually know the student
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