will one low mark on my transcript mean I can't apply to Oxbridge for a MA?Watch
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I consistently get firsts and 2.1s, but in one of my second year modules I got 2.2, quite a low one too :/ I'm in my second year, will one bad mark affect where I can apply for masters, considering I normally get high grades?
Completely depends on the relevance of the module, and your other grades, as the poster above has said. I got my worst mark in a module which is extremely relevant to my masters thesis. One of my friends had to resit a year, and ended up at Oxford for his masters. They know you are human, so as long as the good outweighs the bad, you should be fine. However, if it's an extremely competitive course, this might knock your chances more.
It's unlikely to rule you out entirely. It might damage your chances if it's in a topic very closely related to what you want to study at master's, or if it brings your overall grade to below 65%, but the thing to remember is that Oxford - or any university application tbh - is about the overall picture. So consider your strengths and positives too, and see if you can maximise those to outweigh the grades you're insecure about. I really wouldn't worry too much!
I just got accepted to a Masters at Oxford despite having a few bad grades in my second year due to bad exam stress, I should add I did graduate with a first with high grades in my third year 😊 So I definitely agree that one or two bad grades won't affect your chances if your academic profile, research experience, etc. is otherwise strong.
can i ask what those grades were? no worries if you don't want to say, I'm just worried your version of 'bad grades' is a low 2.1 haha.
with all due respect, thats a solid 2.1 mark, there's no reason why that would have impacted your Cambridge application. My concerns have arisen because I got a low 2.2 mark.
If it's just a one off, you should be all right, but as has been mentioned, it depends on your course, the level of competition, your other grades, and what you plan to focus on. I know of people who have got in with the odd 2:2 mark, and many who have a number of 2:1 marks, who have been accepted, but there are so many other factors that it will be hard to predict. Just do your best in the modules you still have to complete, and that will give you the best possible chance.