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Sick of 2.2 haunting me. Please read and help me understand what I have to do!
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If you want it, go for it, and do everything you can to improve your application. You could apply for as many opportunities as possible to increase the chances of getting accepted.

When I was applying, I watched Pursuit of Happyness for inspiration/motivation. People can get what they set out to achieve even in the face of massive obstacles. At the same time, it is always useful to have a Plan B in case it takes longer than anticipated, or you don't feel able to keep on trying thanklessly.

Just an encouraging story... I know someone who was accepted on a highly competitive BSc programme at a Russell Group university when she had no A levels or equivalent, and no evidence of study in the past 4 years (which was the requirement for mature students). Her application obviously impressed them so much that they thought: screw the protocol. And now she is doing a PhD!

Do I have any hope for getting accepted
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Yay! Hope it goes well! :)

Sick of 2.2 haunting me. Please read and help me understand what I have to do!
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Quote From csonm:
But I was so smart, that I just did an MSc. by research instead of a taught MSc., and there was no course requirement, just a year of research. Therefore, despite it was no problem for me to finish this MSc. at all, still I have no grades to show so everything goes back to undergraduate grades.


I don't understand what you mean here either. My MRes had modules and grades, and an over all grade of pass, merit or distinction as Ephiny says. I thought that was standard.

Forgetting what you have read
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Oh I get what you mean now. I will check that out - thank you!

Forgetting what you have read
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Quote From bernardpar:
I was drowning with information and struggling for knowledge. .


I know the feeling.

By the way, is 35 months a short time for writing a thesis then? I am a little anxious about mine done. Even though I'm in the middle of my PhD I still feel like so much is changing and what I write will be changed (maybe it is just a form of procrastination). (Sorry slight change of topic).

Forgetting what you have read
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Some really useful tips here. I also hate the fact that I sometimes encounter papers I've saved and read and even highlighted, yet remember nothing about them. Gonna try some of these!

3 months into my PhD and I'm already thinking about quitting. Am I screwed?
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Ps. 5 & 6 are compelling reasons to stop now if it isn't what you want!

3 months into my PhD and I'm already thinking about quitting. Am I screwed?
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Hi batangkilljoy... It sounds like you want to quit more than you want to continue? I would quit then if I were you. I don't think you would have to worry about explaining why you changed your mind about doing a PhD. Plenty of people change their mind, and the earlier on is probably the better.

About your reasons 2, 3, 7 & 8 (and maybe even 1 - after all, it isn't THAT long distance). If these are genuine reasons for wanting to quit (rather than just justifying/adding to the argument to quit), I can tell you that those things do get easier (they did for me at least). There is a massive learning curve / getting settled curve in starting the PhD. I'm now in the middle of my second year, and things have got easier in that sense not harder. The challenges are different now - they tend to be more methodological and more enjoyable.

But it all boils down to what you actually want! Do you want the PhD or not? Don't be scared of/worried about quitting if it isn't what you want. Less time wasted is better. But equally, rise to challenge and get determined about things if the PhD is what you want.

Hope this is a tiny bit helpful.

Tudor

How blunt should you be with your supervisor?
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One can be honest without being blunt.

MREs or MSc??
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Ah then based on that I would defo pick the MSc and forget about the top uni stuff - who cares really if the course isn't exactly what you want?

MREs or MSc??
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If going to a top 5 uni is important to you then you should go for that one - otherwise you'd probably regret it based on what you've said.

As others are also saying here - yes, you can get non-research jobs with an MRes. The MRes is geared toward research (hence the name) but not to the exclusion of everything else. Some or most of my peers from the MRes have gone on to do non-PhD/non-research jobs.

How brave were you in starting your PHD?
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Go for it but make a contingency plan as well.

Need Advice on Personal Statement!
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It is hard to advise without seeing it. A 30% cut isn't actually too bad though - just make your points and mention details more succinctly... use one sentence to wrap up multiple points/examples.

Does it have a clear structure? Is there some blurb at the start that could be cut/reduced?

Save a copy of it and then be really ruthless. Less is often more!

Learning new methods that your supervisors aren't familiar with
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Thanks for sharing. Yeah I am also looking for some sort of face-to-face training on my chosen method. It may be that books will suffice, but I'd feel more comfortable having the chance to ask a course leader questions etc.

Learning new methods that your supervisors aren't familiar with
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Thank you Chickpea. I think getting that input from others who are experienced with the methods is my missing link. I would feel more confident with that.

Have a good holiday (if you're taking one for Christmas)!