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Post by gloom button » Wed Oct 03, 2007 5:15 pm

I have a degree in maths, and I'm thinking of going back to uni and maybe applying for an master's degree in something more to do with English literature or critical theory because that's what I've always been more interested in. Does anyone have any experience of doing something like that? Is it completely frowned upon and are they likely to laugh at me for applying?
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Post by squirrelboutique » Wed Oct 03, 2007 5:27 pm

Hi!

I've told you what I think, but it's not frowned on at all, at least not in American universities.

Lots of Writing Programs are adopting Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) and are actively looking for people from other disciplines to apply to their graduate programs.

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Post by Simon May » Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:40 am

I know a chap who gave up on Physics to go and get a First in International Development.

So, what the fluffy-tailed one said: if you can pay the fees, and you've got a couple years under your belt, you're a mature student, anyway. The rules about A-levels and things don't apply and you can wow them.

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Post by let it ride » Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:03 pm

i think you should never ever rule anything out because you already did something that might not be in the same kind of field.

my mum spent 7 years studying to become a doctor, became one, and realised that she didn't want to be one as she wouldn't get to see her at that time two young children grow up (this was a bit before me) and that it was not at all what SHE wanted. so she thought 'fuck it'.

so she retrained to become an upholsterer for three years and has had her own successful business for almost 25 years now! and she is thinking about changing fields again!

i think it can be really healthy as well to not think of yourself to be made for one particular job or anything.

although it made it a bit rubbish to attempt feigning illness when you wanted to stay at home from school! haha.
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Post by crystalball » Fri Oct 05, 2007 2:57 pm

You should do it, David. In my masters group we had two people who had come from totally unrelated backgrounds (one was an engineer and the other had done biology) and they were both great. Oh and *everyone* was frowned upon in my course, so those two didn't feel left out.

If I could afford to go back to uni now, I'd do economics. I am not sure why.

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Post by a layer of chips » Fri Oct 05, 2007 3:09 pm

I thought this was a thread about gymnastics. How disappointing.

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Post by gloom button » Fri Oct 05, 2007 4:49 pm

I thought this was a thread about S&M. How disappointing.

Thanks everyone! I'm going to find a course I like and convince them to let me do it and then take out some huge loans.
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Post by nanski » Tue Oct 09, 2007 6:50 am

Simon May wrote:I know a chap who gave up on Physics to go and get a First in International Development.
I know (of) a chap who gave up on Physics to go and be a singer/songwriter in a very good indie band.

any English/literary criticism department worth bothering with should appreciate getting a student with the logic skills required to do a maths degree. good luck, gloombutton :)
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Post by Contravene » Tue Oct 09, 2007 8:17 am

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Post by frogblast » Sat Oct 20, 2007 9:03 pm

quitting physics seems to be the path to success…doesn't seem to have led to success for me though. maybe if i got a perm…
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Post by Joanne » Sun Nov 11, 2007 5:21 pm

There's a woman on my course who has worked in medicine for years beyond Masters level then she decided she'd like to do Gender.

I graduated with BA Comparative American Studies so I don't feel very easy doing all this sociology, psychology and law stuff I'm coming up against now, but I did do some politics, and history is always a useful discipline, and Gender is supposed to be multidisciplinary anyway so I guess I'm doing ok.

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Post by Gordon » Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:24 am

Look at me replying to all these old threads.... I have changed from Human Genetics to Law to Politics (I guess Law and Politics are similar but not that similar...). I am, in theory at least, a social scientist...

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