From an undergraduate Master's to a postgraduate Master's

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Dear TSR,

Hope you're well, it has been a long time.

I've recently graduated with an Integrated Master's in Computer Science/ Maths from a good university.

I have struggled with diagnosed mental illness and personal issues but nonetheless graduated with a 2:2. I wasn't able to engage with my course as I wished, especially with the pandemic. I have felt some shame/ disappointment but I know the challenges I faced.

I am excited to start a graduate scheme in Technology and frankly get the support I need for my wellbeing. From placement and internships, the structure and collaboration of professional work suits me.

As I am looking into breaking into a specialised field, I am considering further study in Data Science. I work on side projects in this area.

My hope is to gain some professional experience, get some specialised support (therapy etc), and re-evaluate. An option is a part-time Master's in Data Science to complement my day-to-day job.

I guess my questions are two-fold:
1. Is it sensible to do another Master's degree when obviously my first degree had a poor outcome?

2. Using this gap from education, does anyone have advice/ experience of returning as a better student at postgraduate level?

Happy to clarify if needed. I am pretty stubborn but happy to take the advice of TSR and accept what 2:2 says about my (current) suitability for another Master's.
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If you want to take an additional Masters, and you feel confident and ready, then go for it

Just to clarify that you will have to fund it yourself. From what I'm led to believe, if you hold an undergraduate Masters since this is the same level as a Postgraduate Masters, you have now gained a qualification. If you are, of course, self-funding, then no need to worry
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If you want to take an additional Masters, and you feel confident and ready, then go for it

Just to clarify that you will have to fund it yourself. From what I'm led to believe, if you hold an undergraduate Masters since this is the same level as a Postgraduate Masters, you have now gained a qualification. If you are, of course, self-funding, then no need to worry
Thanks for replying!

Yeah, I just need to take a year or two out to get some professional experience. If I feel the same interest and aptitude for Data Science, I will go ahead and apply for Postgraduate courses. As you mention, this will be self-funded.

I guess that I am worried about improving my study skills so that I will do better in Postgraduate than I did at Undergraduate. I am also enquiring about the Universities that might be convinced to look past a 2:2 (albeit in a UG Master's) for their postgraduate courses, preferably in London, hence City/ QMUL etc.

My long term aspiration is to become a Data Scientist!
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Thanks for replying!

Yeah, I just need to take a year or two out to get some professional experience. If I feel the same interest and aptitude for Data Science, I will go ahead and apply for Postgraduate courses. As you mention, this will be self-funded.

I guess that I am worried about improving my study skills so that I will do better in Postgraduate than I did at Undergraduate. I am also enquiring about the Universities that might be convinced to look past a 2:2 (albeit in a UG Master's) for their postgraduate courses, preferably in London, hence City/ QMUL etc.

My long term aspiration is to become a Data Scientist!
You'll find if you hold an undergraduate masters, you will find it easier to get accepted onto a postgraduate masters with a lower grade. A masters which requires a 2:1 BSc will most likely accept a 2:2 MSc. And you will definitely have no issues if the masters calls for a 2:2 BSc. You can always express in your personal statement what you did in your time out to prepare yourself. I wouldn't worry
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Dear TSR,

Hope you're well, it has been a long time.

I've recently graduated with an Integrated Master's in Computer Science/ Maths from a good university.

I have struggled with diagnosed mental illness and personal issues but nonetheless graduated with a 2:2. I wasn't able to engage with my course as I wished, especially with the pandemic. I have felt some shame/ disappointment but I know the challenges I faced.

I am excited to start a graduate scheme in Technology and frankly get the support I need for my wellbeing. From placement and internships, the structure and collaboration of professional work suits me.

As I am looking into breaking into a specialised field, I am considering further study in Data Science. I work on side projects in this area.

My hope is to gain some professional experience, get some specialised support (therapy etc), and re-evaluate. An option is a part-time Master's in Data Science to complement my day-to-day job.

I guess my questions are two-fold:
1. Is it sensible to do another Master's degree when obviously my first degree had a poor outcome?

2. Using this gap from education, does anyone have advice/ experience of returning as a better student at postgraduate level?

Happy to clarify if needed. I am pretty stubborn but happy to take the advice of TSR and accept what 2:2 says about my (current) suitability for another Master's.
Hey thesmallerhand!

I'm currently studying Marketing MSc at the University of Kent, so hopefully I can give you some insight and a bit of help

Is it sensible to do another Master's degree when obviously my first degree had a poor outcome?
It's an important question to ask, and I would personally say yes to this. First and foremost you must put your mental health first, and it sounds like you're undertaking some great steps towards this. By studying something you're passionate about and excited for, you'll find yourself looking forward to each class, and feeling confident in every assignment. I've had friends who changed courses after their first year as they felt so down and their dull course wasn't helping them - after changing, they were far more excited and eager to learn. As a result of having a course you enjoy, you're going to find yourself engaging with the course and degree more, and subsequently achieving higher grades. You seem like you've got a great plan in regards to your career path, which is excellent, and having a second, more relevant, masters degree sounds like it will help you achieve these goals!
You achieved a 2:2 - and you've got two great things on your side. A) That is an integrated masters degree so it can be viewed for favourably. B) A 2:2 is an excellent grade. I know the University of Kent consider applicants who achieve a 2:2 award in their undergraduate, due to having a flexible approach to admissions whereby they consider each student and their personal circumstances.

Using this gap from education, does anyone have advice/ experience of returning as a better student at postgraduate level?
This is an excellent question! Returning with a more mature perspective of education, your career, and life is great for postgraduate level studies. As you're aware from your first masters degree, it can be challenging, and having this perspective allows you to evaluate things like: "Are my study techniques working well for me?" "What can I do to challenge myself more, and achieve higher grades?" "How can choosing this module help my future career?"

I hope this advice has helped! I'd recommend looking into the University of Kent, as they've got a few different Data Science master's degrees to choose from such as this one. I took some statistic modules during my undergraduate at UKC, and the quality of teaching was excellent - and it's no surprise they ranked in the top 10 in the UK for research intensity.

Good luck - and feel free to ask any more questions!
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