Didn't get Masters offer - what to do now?

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Hi,

I recently applied for several taught Masters in London in a physics/maths based area (complex systems), and unfortunately didn't get accepted into any of them. Most of the feedback I received was that there were many applicants this year, although one course said I simply didn't have enough of a maths background, even though I have a Physics BSc and they specified that Physics graduates would most likely satisfy the entry requirements.

So, what should I do now? I still want to pursue a taught Masters and PhD ASAP, but it seems my low 2:1 and lack of specific maths modules is a big barrier. One of the main reasons I want to do a taught MSc is to meet people in the field and find what I like before diving into the PhD silo. Should I:
  • do a graduate diploma in maths and apply again next year?
  • complete a 6-month maths course and apply for entry in January?
  • give up and curl up into a ball under the table?

Any help appreciated, pretty frustrated with this. Would also like to switch to academia as soon as possible as I feel like time is running out to do it.

Background:
  • Physics undergrad degree from a great university, low 2:1 grade
  • Lots of math in undergrad (ODEs, Fourier, complex analysis, etc)
  • Two years data science work experience
  • Self-studied quite a bit of math since graduating
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(Original post by kaleidescopic)
Hi,

I recently applied for several taught Masters in London in a physics/maths based area (complex systems), and unfortunately didn't get accepted into any of them. Most of the feedback I received was that there were many applicants this year, although one course said I simply didn't have enough of a maths background, even though I have a Physics BSc and they specified that Physics graduates would most likely satisfy the entry requirements.

So, what should I do now? I still want to pursue a taught Masters and PhD ASAP, but it seems my low 2:1 and lack of specific maths modules is a big barrier. One of the main reasons I want to do a taught MSc is to meet people in the field and find what I like before diving into the PhD silo. Should I:
  • do a graduate diploma in maths and apply again next year?
  • complete a 6-month maths course and apply for entry in January?
  • give up and curl up into a ball under the table?

Any help appreciated, pretty frustrated with this. Would also like to switch to academia as soon as possible as I feel like time is running out to do it.

Background:
  • Physics undergrad degree from a great university, low 2:1 grade
  • Lots of math in undergrad (ODEs, Fourier, complex analysis, etc)
  • Two years data science work experience
  • Self-studied quite a bit of math since graduating
Hey kaleidescopic

I am sorry to hear you have not received any offers for the universities you have already applied for. I would advise you to keep applying to other universities, some universities are still open for applications and there are many great universities and cities outside London (coming from a Londoner myself ) Don't give up and curl under a table, I am sure you will find a perfect university and course for you. Alternatively, if you really do want to go to a university in London / one of the universities you have applied for then it may be worth contacting them in September when they have more time to explore your application with you and you could ask them directly what they think you could do to boost your application for September 2022 entry. Very best of luck

Megan
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