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Masters and a low 2.1?

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MovingInOutOn Thu 30-Jun-16 18:00:26

Got low 2.1 from top 5 uni (63%) in modern languages. I'm not applying for a masters currently but just wondered how any future applications may be regarded. FWIW I would prob be applying for a literature masters and most of my literature module results are 65+ and a couple of high firsts in coursework. These aren't on my transcript but could get lecturer to perhaps acknowledge them in reference?

MovingInOutOn Thu 30-Jun-16 18:01:48

Sorry: my AIBU is, do I stand a chance of getting onto a good master's programme with a low 2.1 undergrad degree?

Autocorrect omitted all my apostrophes in the word master's, great blush

Orda1 Thu 30-Jun-16 18:06:33

Yes. You'll be fine.

FitbitAddict Thu 30-Jun-16 18:09:18

I have a 2:2 and I'm just finishing my second masters. Don't see why it should be a problem, if it is just shop around. I did my undergrad degree part time in only four years while working full time including pregnancy and birth of DD towards the very end, so I don't feel at all bothered by having a 2:2. It's just a result, it's not the sum total of who I am and I've still got a BSc (Hons), same as the people who got a first.

Donatellalymanmoss Thu 30-Jun-16 18:12:14

University's love people who want to do masters. They obviously won't just take anyone as they need people to pass, but with those grades you should be fine. You can always email the course coordinator to check before you apply to set your mind at ease.

Orda1 Thu 30-Jun-16 18:16:30

I agree with Dona, but I would suggest emailing the graduate admin or similar.

FlibbertigibbetArmadillo Thu 30-Jun-16 18:36:25

My uni just requested a 2:1 for masters in my department. Didn't specify a level within that. Although you got discounts off fees (this was pre loans for postgrad) if you got a higher 2:1 or 1st, and an alumni discount if you had done your undergrad there

redexpat Thu 30-Jun-16 18:52:48

Yes youll be fine smile

FoggyBottom Thu 30-Jun-16 21:07:44

Yes, you'll be OK. Those marks wouldn't get you non-existent funding though.

chickenowner Thu 30-Jun-16 21:12:42

I have a 2:1 and a MA. It depended a lot on the reference I received from my undergrad dissertation tutor. She was (and is) highly respected in her field, and my MA was in a closely related area.

Mouikey Thu 30-Jun-16 21:21:12

I got a 2:2 (loved the vodka!) and got into an amazing uni for my MA - actually best one for my subject! The vodka obviously affected my undergrad as my average score was way higher for my MA!!!

Gabilan Thu 30-Jun-16 21:22:39

You can get on a course. I've known people do masters without an u/grad degree. But yes, highly unlikely you'll get funding. If you've got other relevant experience that will help.

honeycrumpet Thu 30-Jun-16 21:29:50

I have a 2:1 and an MA with Distinction from the best university for my postgrad subject. Just like the others have said, the 2:1 didn't hold me back at all and nobody asked about the actual specific numbers. Absolutely get your tutor to highlight marks you are particularly proud of, if they'd be especially relevant for your MA course.

CalleighDoodle Thu 30-Jun-16 21:43:44

Ive got an Master's and a 2:2 (graduated in 2000) and also had a year of the fees paid.

PaniWahine Thu 30-Jun-16 22:12:15

We ask applicants for full transcripts but 2:2s are definitely given offers unless the courses are marketing / PR / Digital; those are over-subscribed so offers are being made to be firsts and borderline 2:1s

You'll be fine

acasualobserver Thu 30-Jun-16 22:49:32

Have you got the money?


You're good to go.

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