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Should I go to Surrey or York for my Masters?

Hey everyone,

I got a 29/45 in IB a few years ago and ended up studying Psychology with Neuroscience at Reading. At first I kind of enjoyed my degree but hated my dissertation topic. I felt my course was too crowded. I ended up with a 2:2 but I have GBC.

I took a year out and worked as a Behaviour Technician. I applied and got accepted to MSc Health Psychology at the University of Surrey and MSc Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

I don't know which course to choose. My sister went to Surrey so I am a bit familiar with the Uni and I like the Uni.

I made a 2000 word document and still couldn't decide but the gist of it was that York has high quality research, very nice campus and I generally like the Uni life there. I could see myself having a good time. I'm not sure if a masters in Neuroscience will earn me enough money. York is far away and I am autistic, so I will have to adjust.

Surrey on the other hand is less prestigious but offers a Stage 1 Qualification, so either way I'd like to pursue a PhD. Surrey's course is easier in my opinion and having good grades is important after I flopped in my UG. Becoming a Health Psychologist just seems more lucrative to me. But Surrey feels like a safe option to me? Because I've been there before and it is similar to Reading.

I just wonder if fear is holding me back.

Thank you for your input
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Original post by amolika2001
Hey everyone,
I got a 29/45 in IB a few years ago and ended up studying Psychology with Neuroscience at Reading. At first I kind of enjoyed my degree but hated my dissertation topic. I felt my course was too crowded. I ended up with a 2:2 but I have GBC.
I took a year out and worked as a Behaviour Technician. I applied and got accepted to MSc Health Psychology at the University of Surrey and MSc Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.
I don't know which course to choose. My sister went to Surrey so I am a bit familiar with the Uni and I like the Uni.
I made a 2000 word document and still couldn't decide but the gist of it was that York has high quality research, very nice campus and I generally like the Uni life there. I could see myself having a good time. I'm not sure if a masters in Neuroscience will earn me enough money. York is far away and I am autistic, so I will have to adjust.
Surrey on the other hand is less prestigious but offers a Stage 1 Qualification, so either way I'd like to pursue a PhD. Surrey's course is easier in my opinion and having good grades is important after I flopped in my UG. Becoming a Health Psychologist just seems more lucrative to me. But Surrey feels like a safe option to me? Because I've been there before and it is similar to Reading.
I just wonder if fear is holding me back.
Thank you for your input

Hi,
To be honest with you, consideringrelevant factors such as York being a Russell group and worlds prestigious University, the low cost of rent in the area where York University is, the value of alumni from York etc, are far more significant than the factors you're fostering for Surrey University. You still can easily get a Merot grad in your masters course in the UK as long as you're regularly attending classes and communicating with your Lecturers regularly, as well as showing proactive response. I studied MSc in International Business Management with Entrepreneurship at Kingston University, which is close to Surrey University, and achieved more than 70% in each module with an overall Distinction grade. However, I still never get a Management consulting jobs.

I am not trying to discourage you, but you need to think of broad prospect of it. Now I am get a place to study PGCE Secondary with QTS at University of Manchester, which is ranked 8th in the UK ans 54th in the world. So my masters literally did not help me much to secure a relevant job even.

Thanks
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Original post by Amolika2001
Hey everyone,
I got a 29/45 in IB a few years ago and ended up studying Psychology with Neuroscience at Reading. At first I kind of enjoyed my degree but hated my dissertation topic. I felt my course was too crowded. I ended up with a 2:2 but I have GBC.
I took a year out and worked as a Behaviour Technician. I applied and got accepted to MSc Health Psychology at the University of Surrey and MSc Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.
I don't know which course to choose. My sister went to Surrey so I am a bit familiar with the Uni and I like the Uni.
I made a 2000 word document and still couldn't decide but the gist of it was that York has high quality research, very nice campus and I generally like the Uni life there. I could see myself having a good time. I'm not sure if a masters in Neuroscience will earn me enough money. York is far away and I am autistic, so I will have to adjust.
Surrey on the other hand is less prestigious but offers a Stage 1 Qualification, so either way I'd like to pursue a PhD. Surrey's course is easier in my opinion and having good grades is important after I flopped in my UG. Becoming a Health Psychologist just seems more lucrative to me. But Surrey feels like a safe option to me? Because I've been there before and it is similar to Reading.
I just wonder if fear is holding me back.
Thank you for your input

York is so much nicer than Guildford! I think it's a better option.

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