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Doing a masters with a (potential) 2.2?

Hi guys,

I finished up my last semester of my last academic year at the start of may. I'm just anxiously waiting for my last two results to be posted, as my lecturers have taken almost an entire month to mark them lol.

I, due to my ongoing struggle with a mental health condition, didn't do too well in first or second year, but am immensely proud of myself for the fact that I have achieved basically all firsts and 2.1s this year (other than 1 essay which I failed, but otherwise passed the module overall).

I calculated my grade using one of those online tools and have figured out that I'm currently on the knife edge between a 2.1 and a 2.2, with the difference being decided by my results in these final 2 essays.

However, I was looking to - if all goes well - take a year out, save up some money, and then apply for a masters for 2025 (hopefully in England, I currently live in Northern Ireland).

I was wondering, just in case these final 2 essays don't go the way I'm really hoping they do, what are the chances of doing a masters with a 2.2 grade overall? Are there any unis which are more likely to accept a 2.2? Just looking for advice in general.

Thanks!
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Original post by momoguy123
Hi guys,
I finished up my last semester of my last academic year at the start of may. I'm just anxiously waiting for my last two results to be posted, as my lecturers have taken almost an entire month to mark them lol.
I, due to my ongoing struggle with a mental health condition, didn't do too well in first or second year, but am immensely proud of myself for the fact that I have achieved basically all firsts and 2.1s this year (other than 1 essay which I failed, but otherwise passed the module overall).
I calculated my grade using one of those online tools and have figured out that I'm currently on the knife edge between a 2.1 and a 2.2, with the difference being decided by my results in these final 2 essays.
However, I was looking to - if all goes well - take a year out, save up some money, and then apply for a masters for 2025 (hopefully in England, I currently live in Northern Ireland).
I was wondering, just in case these final 2 essays don't go the way I'm really hoping they do, what are the chances of doing a masters with a 2.2 grade overall? Are there any unis which are more likely to accept a 2.2? Just looking for advice in general.
Thanks!

Why do you need to get a masters? Why not get a job and gain some work experience? Vastly more beneficial that a masters for the sake of a masters. Plus you will be earning rather than stacking up more debt.
Hi,

Sorry to hear about your mental health condition impacting things. Masters courses typically require academic references (usually around 2 referees). Is your uni aware of your mental health condition and do you have people who would vouch for the fact that a 2.2 degree (if you do indeed end up with that) isn't representative of your capabilities?

I just ask because I left uni with a 2.2 (impacted by psychosis) but had very good supporting references from one of the biggest names in my academic field. I believe that is why I was let onto my MA course (and later my PhD course!) without the minimum required grades.

Wishing you the best of luck. You've done well to muddle through those first two years, whatever happens next :yep:

EDIT: Just editing the post to say my postgrad degrees are self-funded, not research council-funded. So that was obviously a big factor too!
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Original post by momoguy123
Hi guys,
I finished up my last semester of my last academic year at the start of may. I'm just anxiously waiting for my last two results to be posted, as my lecturers have taken almost an entire month to mark them lol.
I, due to my ongoing struggle with a mental health condition, didn't do too well in first or second year, but am immensely proud of myself for the fact that I have achieved basically all firsts and 2.1s this year (other than 1 essay which I failed, but otherwise passed the module overall).
I calculated my grade using one of those online tools and have figured out that I'm currently on the knife edge between a 2.1 and a 2.2, with the difference being decided by my results in these final 2 essays.
However, I was looking to - if all goes well - take a year out, save up some money, and then apply for a masters for 2025 (hopefully in England, I currently live in Northern Ireland).
I was wondering, just in case these final 2 essays don't go the way I'm really hoping they do, what are the chances of doing a masters with a 2.2 grade overall? Are there any unis which are more likely to accept a 2.2? Just looking for advice in general.
Thanks!

Hi,
It does tend to depend on the individual university but some universities definitely accept this for a masters course.
My advice would be to contact the admissions teams of universities you're looking at applying to, or look at as many course breakdowns as possible on university websites.
Best of luck,
Meg 🙂
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