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Thread: Pursuing Astrophysics after graduating in Chemistry

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28-May-08, 15:32
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The OU option could be a way that you could pick up a new undergraduate degree, alongside work, if you're willing to wait a bit. OU degrees are either named or unnamed. I have an unnamed one which cut down my study time hugely. Nearly half my history degree was free credit transferred from a computer science degree. Your chemistry degree could be used in the same way, basically jumping you straight into second year. Then I took more level 2 and level 3 (3 is honours) courses to make up the full 360 points worth. Jumping in like that without the first year was a bit of an experience, but I quickly picked up the ropes and it cut down my study time hugely. I followed it with a taught Masters, but it also helped me get funding: I had a new first degree in the right subject to prove to the funding council.

Thread: I'm going to fail.

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26-May-08, 20:16
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That's a long introduction Lara. Mine's going to go up to 10,000 max, i.e. 1/8 of my total thesis, and that's with extending from the current version. Are long introductions normal in science (I'm arts)? I could review far more journal papers/books in the thesis (I've read masses more that I could comment on) but I've focused instead on the most relevant, contextualised my research appropriately, and then spend the bulk of the thesis describing my new research/findings.

Definitely seek advice from your supervisor though when you see them. They should be able to reassure you about length issues, both overall and individual chapters. Plus remember they have to officially approve your thesis before it can even be examined. So agree this sort of detail with them.

Thread: Looking for a MA in History

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26-May-08, 16:53
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I did a part-time taught history Masters course a few years ago focused around weekly afternoon taught seminars. Extra work required included preparatory reading (we had a reading list to work through each week), and writing essays and of course a lengthy dissertation. Expect to put in at least 5 hours extra on average a week. Re the PhD you'd probably be considered for application, and a computing degree can be useful to demonstrate other useful skills like databases. I'm doing a part-time history PhD now and my first degree was a BSc in Computer Science. But I studied a part-time history/classical studies degree with the OU before starting the Masters course. So I was a bit different and already had the history BA. Good luck!

Thread: AHRC funding applications

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26-May-08, 16:29
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As far as I remember from when I applied a few years ago the number of applicants was generally about 4 times the number of awards granted. So a 1 in 4 chance, i.e. it's a bit of a long shot. I was lucky to win an award. Good luck with your application.

Thread: I'm going to fail.

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26-May-08, 15:50
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It depends on discipline and university rules though. In my subject/university the rules are that a PhD thesis has to be between 80,000 and 100,000 words long, including footnotes. Much shorter ones would be automatically failed. I've written 50,000 words so far (between 4 and 5 chapters) and think I can easily reach 72,500 but there'll still be a way to go to reach the minimum acceptable level. I write concisely!

Thread: first person usage

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25-May-08, 22:33
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I've always been told to avoid first-person completely, and I'm humanities too. It is possible to write quite emphatically and to show the thought process without using "I".

Thread: Endnote question? confused!

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25-May-08, 22:01
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EndNote provide a page describing Vista compatibility issues. See http://www.endnote.com/envista.asp
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