Postgrad LIVE! Study Fairs

Birmingham | Edinburgh | Liverpool | Sheffield | Southampton | Bristol

University of Warwick Featured Masters Courses
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh Featured Masters Courses
University of Warwick Featured Masters Courses
Buckinghamshire New University Featured Masters Courses
Newcastle University Featured Masters Courses

Masters Discussion Forum

The following thread is brought to you by our sister Web site PostgraduateForum.com. If you wish to reply or post your own thread, you will be redirected to this site.

This Category:   PostgraduateForum.com > PhD Applications


Message

Major advice needed


User: johnca502 - 21 February 2018 09:05

Hi,

I need some major advice. Im not looking to be told its completely impossible, rather advice about how I might achieve my goals.

I have an integrated master in chemistry (MChem), however, I only achive a 2:2. Since then I have become a secondary science teacher. I am wanted to go back to academia. I am aware that with my grade, it is extremely unlikely I would be able to get accepted onto a PhD.

To that extent I am consdiering applying for a master programme.

There are several questions I have. Would getting a masters help my application for PhD? Or would my original degree prevent me completely? Is it even possible for me to do a master when I already have an integrated masters? If I can could I get funding for it? Is there anyone I could speak to get advice from?

Regards

John

User: pm133 - 21 February 2018 15:05

Your 2:2 is certainly a problem both from the perspective of getting accepted onto a PhD course and also your ability to cope with the PhD successfully. A postgrad masters degree is the easiest way to fix that.

People do get onto PhD programs with a 2:2 but my personal opinion is that this simply devalues a process which should be preserved for the most academically gifted people. The PhD is the pinnacle of academic achievement. Preparing your base camp properly with a good masters degree is commonsense really so I think you have the right idea here.
You should experience no problems whatsoever getting onto a Masters course as far as I know but oers may have a different opinion.

Go for it and good luck.

User: TreeofLife - 22 February 2018 10:43

You should be ok with a 2.2 since it's in a masters already. Sometimes masters require 2.1 at u/g as well.

If you want funding you will have to take out a government loan for a masters - I'm not sure whether you can do this since you already have a masters.

Speak to the admin teams of the prospective departments you are applying to.