I'm thinking of doing a masters...

(17 Posts)
BusyCee Mon 18-Jan-16 14:48:03

...in women's studies. I did a humanities degree years ago, and since then have worked in marketing (and done some career related further studies). I'm now mainly SAHM with 3 children, and am starting to think about what next. As well as 8hrs a week admin at a small local business, I also teach a birth preparation programme, which is brilliant, and which has raised more questions for me. I already know what I'd like my thesis to be

So. My questions are, if you've done a masters; how much time a week did you devote to your studies? How long did it take to complete? How much time were you at university and with your course tutor? What did it cost you? Taught or research? What did you do with it afterwards? Just your thoughts and experiences, please....

PolterGoose Mon 18-Jan-16 15:01:49

I finished mine about 18m ago. I did it with the OU and it took 3 years. The course cost around £4800 under the old funding arrangements, which I paid monthly. It was taught with a large research element, but many small projects rather than any big research piece. It was 6 modules, usually 2-3 assignments plus either a 3 hour exam or extended piece of work each. I was a lazy arse and very much worked to the assignments, so would have a few weeks on then a few frantic busy weekends! I did it for me and my own learning rather than for any practical purpose, although it's kind of linked to my professional area.

PolterGoose Mon 18-Jan-16 15:04:14

Just to add, I graduated from my undergrad degree in a different field 16 years prior to starting. Doing exams again was a tad challenging grin

I thoroughly enjoyed it though and learned loads.

justjuanmorebeer Mon 18-Jan-16 22:08:53

I am currently doing a MSc in Social Research. Have wanted to do it for years. It is great. I have 6 hours contact time per week Sept - April then nothing apart from supervision meetings so I will work from home after that to save on childcare.

I paid £5470 full time over 1 year but for 2016 they have pushed it to £7500 due to the new postgrad loan system coming in!

How are you planning on funding yourself? Savings? Loan?

BusyCee Mon 18-Jan-16 22:36:48

I hadn't really got to funding yet. Ridiculous I know. If it's £5-10k per year I just don't see how I can afford it. DH earns a healthy salary, but we have 3 DCs so it's quickly eaten up, and my 8hrs don't bring much.

I couldn't do anything this year anyway as DC3 is so tiny still. So may spend the remainder of the year end researching

justjuanmorebeer Tue 19-Jan-16 08:14:42

Look into the new postgraduate loan system. You can borrow up to 10k (inc fees and living costs - haha) no repayments until earning over 21k per year. If you think the MA will enhance your future employability then go for it. Is it at York, by any chance? A friend is considering the same course. We are not local to there though.

If you email the dept they should send you the timetable for this year so you can see if the contact time would be doable for you.

I think in the soc sci / hums it is usually 6-8 hrs per week for full time.

fidel1ne Tue 19-Jan-16 08:16:49

www.findamasters.com/funding/guides/new-uk-postgraduate-loans-scheme.aspx

The first useful junk mail I've had in ages smile

SquadGoals Tue 19-Jan-16 08:19:17

I'm currently doing a p-t Masters with Manchester.

It's about 6k in total, split over 3 years.

I'm studying about 20-25 hours a week plus more in the lead up to assignments.

BusyCee Tue 19-Jan-16 09:08:08

Thanks all. Am now spending the BFing time looking into courses instead of just MNing

Not York no. I'm in the SE, so university of Kent, or in London, would be ideal. It's all theoretical at the moment, but I'm heartened!

justjuanmorebeer Tue 19-Jan-16 09:24:10

Presumably something to do with CPCS if down at Kent then? If it is parenting research you want to do that is the place to be!

When I said 6-8 hrs per week that is just face to face of course. Independent study is probably (meant to be) another 20. I tend to only do that much at writing times, the reading prep for seminars probably takes me around 4hrs per week but if I had more time to spend on it I would. My circumstances just do not allow.

museumum Tue 19-Jan-16 09:26:04

I did mine over three years. Taught. Distance learning. About £2k a year. About ten hours a week but more for assignments.

SquadGoals Tue 19-Jan-16 09:43:52

Forgot to say, mine is distance learning. Worked out a hell of a lot cheaper and meant I didn't have to fit work around lectures.

BusyCee Tue 19-Jan-16 11:55:53

Juan - what's CPCS? Just googled it and got a lot of info about digger training...

fidel1ne Tue 19-Jan-16 11:58:50

Try adding 'SSPSSR' or 'University' to your search terms Busy

celeste83 Tue 19-Jan-16 12:01:37

I wanted to do a masters aswell but the costs of the fees put me off sad

justjuanmorebeer Tue 19-Jan-16 12:57:41

Centre for parenting and culture studies. At Kent.

BusyCee Tue 19-Jan-16 13:26:05

Got it!! That's right up my strasse, thanks for the direction.

Now for some more reading and pondering...

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