Fulltime or part time Masters (HRM)

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TheExtraGuineaPig Fri 18-Mar-16 11:45:19

I am hoping to back to Uni (mature student) to do an MSc in Human Resource Management. I am considering whether to do it full or part time. I will be stopping work (currently work 4 days a week). I have 2 dcs, who will be 9 and 6 when I start. I am wondering whether full time will be too intense and whether I should go for part time. I'm in my early 40s and this would be a career change for me of I would ideally like to go back to work asap but not if it means I struggle with the degree. I have an undergraduate degree which I could have fitted in to school hours but I did that a looong time ago and had nothing else to concentrate on (plus suspect it was a lot less intense than a masters).

Is anyone studying a Masters who had children and could give me their perspective?


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RVPisnomore Sat 19-Mar-16 19:41:15

I am just about to hopefully complete my MSc. My dissertation is due in end of April, and it will have taken 2 years. It was part time and I work around 60 hours a week. My DS was 6 when I started. It's been really hard so I would do part time.

Good luck.

Nightwish Sun 20-Mar-16 17:53:42

I am currently half way through a full-time MSc in HRM.
In my University it is scheduled over two days (afternoons) so it is easy to work around.
I have two children, 2 and 6 years old and I work 16 hours a week alongside as well.
I think it is perfectly doable but I have been in higher education for the past 4.5 years so it was just the next step up, no need to get back into it.

dragonsarebest Tue 05-Apr-16 22:05:13

I'm in my first year of an MSc HRM part time. I don't have kids but I do work full time and I'm finding it tough. It's not just the time/self management but the getting back into the mindset of being a student, I really hadn't acknowledged how difficult that would be. No help for you really, but even if I could have powered through and done it full time I don't know if I would have. It's taken a while for me to be confident that my assignments are at a level I'm happy with. My first unit was basically a disaster, but at least I could learn from that before starting the next ones! Doing it full time I expect you'd be working on several simultaneously so not as much time to adjust and improve before the next assessment. Good luck whatever you decide.

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