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What support do masters students get?


User: helebon - 29 September 2017 19:49

Hi, I wondered what support taught masters course students get? MSc, MRes and MA courses. I think MPhil might be different.

Do they get a supervisor for their research projects and also a personal tutor?

User: TheNerdyWorkoholic - 30 September 2017 01:18

Hi helebon,

I'm at the end of my masters degree and currently working on my research project.

I'm not very sure about what you're asking in the first part of your question, but I can confidently share my thoughts on the latter question.

To the best of my knowledge, the school allocates a supervisor to the student. One student may also be allotted two supervisors.

On the other hand, a student can approach a specific lecturer and request for them to supervise too, which is what I did. I did not want to be assigned to someone I would not be completely compatible with. I also knew who I wanted to work with, months in advance.

Additionally, at the Masters level, the topic of your project is commonly designated to you by the supervisor. However, in some cases, the supervisor may also be open to discussing other viable research areas you may want to explore. I was given a topic by my supervisor, but I told him I'd weigh my chances with another topic I had in mind. We met and I presented both topics to him and we decided to go with mine. I received good support from my supervisor and I have only positive feelings about this going ahead.

Good luck to you!

User: helebon - 30 September 2017 06:32

Hi The Nerdworkoholic, thanks. I am an MRes student, so a taught masters course. My course has some modules that I can choose from a list of options. I guess you must be a MPhil student?

Reading around things, MSc and MA students generally get a personal tutor and a supervisor for their research projects. I only have one supervisor, who was allocated to me and that's it.

User: MrFox - 30 September 2017 13:18

Interesting - and I always thought an MRes is not a taught masters ...

Any masters student, irrespective of specific degree, should have at least one supervisor. After all, you even get one for your undergraduate dissertation. Other than that, it's up to the uni, I guess. I had two supervisors, a senior lecturer as the primary one and a professor and head of the division as the secondary one. I got most one-on-one support by the primary one, and we occasionally met with the secondary one to report on the project, to benefit from his wealth of research experience, resolve administrative issues, and simply to report on progress, since it was a research project in his division that he decided to fund etc.

But I did a research masters without a taught component ('MSc by Research'), so things are probably different for you.

User: helebon - 30 September 2017 14:02

The MRes is 100 credits for the research project and 80 credits taught. Taught ethics and research methods and then choices of modules for the rest. It's listed as a taught masters, at our uni anyway.

User: TheNerdyWorkoholic - 01 October 2017 01:49

Quote From helebon:
Hi The Nerdworkoholic, thanks. I am an MRes student, so a taught masters course. My course has some modules that I can choose from a list of options. I guess you must be a MPhil student?

Reading around things, MSc and MA students generally get a personal tutor and a supervisor for their research projects. I only have one supervisor, who was allocated to me and that's it.

Hi Helebon, I'm doing a Masters of Commerce by coursework, actually. So, that implies a set of modules I have to do, along with my research project in the last semester. Not very different from you, I'm assuming.

I think your supervisor situation isn't any different from what I've observed. As long as your supervisor provides you with the support and guidance that you need, I'm sure you'll be fine. However, do make sure that you meet your supervisor regularly and that you're satisfied and convinced with your progress, because it is your work at the end of the day.




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