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What's stopping you from doing a masters?

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What's stopping you doing a masters?

Have you every thought about doing a masters?

What's holding you back from doing one? :h: Or are you definitely thinking about it?

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My course is integrated so I get undergraduate funding for it if I choose to continue.

I'm still on the fence about it, but second year is shaping up quite well, so if my exams this year go well, I think I will put my name down for it.
Definitely considering it.

Things putting me off:
- I'll be 29 when I finish my undergrad
- I've been in education almost continuously since 1997 (this is my second undergrad degree, and it's 5yrs long) and kind of sick of it now
- I prefer working full-time to studying
I've applied for a MMath so,,, nothing :ninja:
Technically have one (undergrad masters) so can't get funding to do another one! Maybe a PhD then...
I started one but dropped out when I realised that it would make absolutely no difference to my career so it wasn't worth the work. I also dislike how the loan is an additional 6% on your 9% repayments so I think I'd feel it more. I can justify it with my degree because it has helped me but not for something that will make no difference.
Original post by Puddles the Monkey
Have you every thought about doing a masters?

What's holding you back from doing one? :h: Or are you definitely thinking about it?


The time to invest. And the fact that I don't think to work in an academical profession. That is why I think it is a waste.
Money. Master's I would want to do are upwards of £25k-£30k for the better universities. It's a joke.
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Funding. Masters I want to do is over £11k...and SAAS/Student Finance NI only fund up to £5.5k
Starting one this week, so also nothing! :ninja:
Original post by vicvic38
My course is integrated so I get undergraduate funding for it if I choose to continue.

I'm still on the fence about it, but second year is shaping up quite well, so if my exams this year go well, I think I will put my name down for it.

Awesome :h: What are you studying?
Original post by sinfonietta
Definitely considering it.

Things putting me off:
- I'll be 29 when I finish my undergrad
- I've been in education almost continuously since 1997 (this is my second undergrad degree, and it's 5yrs long) and kind of sick of it now
- I prefer working full-time to studying

Two degrees :eek3: What are they in? :h:
Original post by shadowdweller
Starting one this week, so also nothing! :ninja:


Omg good luck dude!! :jumphug:
I do want to do a masters (in illustration), I'm just fed up of being in an education environment and living on a shoe string so would like to get a job and then do the masters in the next few years or so.
Definitely cost. There’s the loan isn’t there for £10k but most courses are more than that and scholarships are super competitive. I just don’t know how I could afford to study and pay rent and ... live.

I had thought about doing it part time and trying to work full time but then the loan available goes down and I feel like it would be very stressful. Also all courses I have looked at are offered part time AND at lots of places the fees work out as more expensive because it’s not as though the cost is just in half, which I don’t really understand.
Original post by Puddles the Monkey
Two degrees :eek3: What are they in? :h:


The first is in Filmmaking and Screenwriting. The second is in Biomedical Science. :smile:
The masters I got was like an undergrad one attached to the end and is never recognised anywhere (I didn't realise this before I took it...) so now I can't get any funding for a Master's in an actual specialised area of my subject that all the job adverts are asking for. I wish I'd have researched into job requirements at the time but jobs were scarce due to some worries about oil/gas etc.

I also can't afford to help my partner with the bills/rent etc. I'd feel very uneasy about leaving everything to him as that isn't fair at all and even if I could get one Master's loans don't even cover the whole degree expense let alone any help for living costs, not even a part time job could help but I'd get one as I'd have no other choice.

So it's basically my fault I can't do a good one now because I didn't do enough research, but you have to work with what you've got! :groovy:
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I'd do anything to do a masters, because I adore my subject and theres so much work in my field I'd love to contribute or kickstart.
Sadly, even with the loans, I wouldn't be able to survive without working along side it. I tried that during my undergraduate and it didn't go well.
So heres hoping I can do one in the future.
Cost mostly and a bit of I'm not sure if it'd be wise for me to go straight into one after my Bsc.
Original post by CoolCavy
I do want to do a masters (in illustration), I'm just fed up of being in an education environment and living on a shoe string so would like to get a job and then do the masters in the next few years or so.

A little off topic but I thought you had a degree in product design ? Please correct me if I'm wrong:redface:.
A masters in illustration is really cool ! I hope you get to do it someday . :bear:good luck cool Cavy ! :heart:

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