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Thread: how difficult is it to pass a masters in uk

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27-Jan-15, 09:05
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Hi Swetha,

If you pass a module you will get the full credit for it - it doesn't matter if you pass with 50% or 85%. The fact that you're an international student shouldn't make any difference. You need to produce work of the same quality as everyone else in order to pass. Some lecturers are more tolerant than others of grammatical errors by non-native speakers of English. If you resit modules and pass them, you will get your MSc. You will need to check your university's regulations to see whether there is any limit on the number of modules you can resit. At the university where I work, students can resit every module once. If they fail the resit, then they may be kicked out or if they are lucky allowed to try for a post-graduate diploma rather than a masters. Your university probably has some kind of writing support service for international students. You should go and talk to them if you're worried about failing.

Thread: qualitative research - thoughts, anyone?

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23-Jan-15, 19:52
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Sorry, stupid phone cut off the end of my last post. I meant to say I don't know any websites but there are lots of introductory books on qualitative data collection and analysis.

Thread: qualitative research - thoughts, anyone?

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23-Jan-15, 17:00
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I use the same software as kelpie. I don't have a foot pedal but I find it okay using the f keys to pause and rewind - much better than having to keep reaching for the mouse.

Satchi, I don't know of any websites on qualitative methods and analysis.

Thread: qualitative research - thoughts, anyone?

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22-Jan-15, 12:46
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Hi Satchi,

I think whether you transcribe your own questions in full and all the ers umms and pauses depends on what kind of analysis you're doing. I'm doing discourse analysis so unfortunately everything needs to be in the transcript but if you're doing thematic analysis with coding then you probably don't need quite such a detailed transcript.

For my masters degree I recorded several pairs students working together on a task. Then when I realised how long the transcription was going to take me, I just identified sections which were relevant to my research questions and transcribed those. Nobody criticised me for it so I guess it's okay sometimes.

You have transcription software, don't you? It makes the job a bit easier.

Thread: where can i find a masters that accepts cima

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17-Jan-15, 13:28
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At the uni where I work, I know a couple of students who were accepted onto masters programmes without a degree. It might be worth contacting some unis and asking. It will probably have to be a 'new' university though, not Russell group.

Thread: Failed Dissertation - Now what?

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06-Jan-15, 17:53
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Does the university have any kind of writing centre or study skills support? I think the quality of advice that you get from these kinds of centres varies quite a lot but some of them can be very good, so it might be worth a try. Or if there's an English language unit or centre, someone there might be able to help or put your friend in contact with someone who can. If they run in-sessional writing courses for international post-grads they will be familiar with the requirements for masters dissertations.

Alternatively, can you friend have a look at some examples of successful dissertations? It might help them to see what theirs is lacking.

Thread: help to get a paper please?

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06-Dec-14, 22:08
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Sent :-)

Thread: help to get a paper please?

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06-Dec-14, 20:46
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Hi Satchi, I can send it to you if you let me have your email address.

Thread: boycotting exploitative posts...

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27-Nov-14, 11:59
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Someone should contact UCU - the lecturers' union. This is clearly a lecturer post (teaching, research, supervising research) so the local branch should be campaigning to get it recognised as such and the national union could publicise this shocking practice and campaign to stop it at Salford and elsewhere.

Thread: Article request

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08-Nov-14, 10:44
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Thread: Articles needed

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22-Oct-14, 20:22
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Thread: Articles needed

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21-Oct-14, 13:05
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Hi Rina,

I think I can get the last one. Is it 'The family stress process' by McCubbin and Patterson (1983)? I have your email address because I sent you another article a while ago, so if this is the right article, I can email it to you. I couldn't get the others.

Thread: Rant Personal Issues

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04-Jun-14, 21:19
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Hi Incognito, sorry you are having such a hard time. I'm not great at dealing with stress but I find swimming helps a lot - I think because it forces me to breathe very deeply. I swam every day during my final undergrad year when I was stressed about the dissertation, exams etc. These days I can only manage twice a week but it definitely helps calm me down. Yoga is also good for the same reason - the breathing. I'm sure I had fewer stress related health problems when I was doing yoga regularly. Good luck with the orthodontist.

Thread: Any suggestions on writing up in my final year, please?

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04-Jun-14, 21:12
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I would also be interested in how long people have taken to do revisions after completing the first draft. I guess it depends on how good the first draft is. My absolute final deadline is September 2015. I would like to submit earlier than that though but when I told friends that I was aiming to get my first draft finished by the end of December this year, they said I should try to get it done earlier than that to allow enough time for all the revisions etc.

Thread: Can my uni force me to withdraw my PhD?

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16-May-14, 20:52
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Hi Sunnychicka16,

Sorry you're having such a hard time. This is just a suggestion but if your uni offers any kind of one to one academic writing support for international students, maybe you should book a tutorial with them. If the research director made a judgement about your work after reading just one paragraph, it could be because there are problems with your writing style. If you are lucky and get a good writing tutor you might get some great advice on how to improve your style and how to tackle writing a lot very quickly. At the uni where I work, a student in crisis like you could probably get one tutorial appointment a week for three or four weeks to help them sort themselves out.

I would also go to the SU and see what advice they can give you about getting an extension. From what you've said above about the amount of work you've done so far, I think submitting your thesis just one month from now is a very risky strategy. You might get revise and resubmit but the alternatives are outright fail and resubmit for MPhil.

Good luck.
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