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Blog: MA dissertation extension as about to start PhD

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02-Feb-19, 14:17
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Hi all.

I'm currently in my writing up phase of my PhD (4th year), and my funding ran out last September (end of the studentship). Since then i have done numerous jobs here and there to get by such as teaching etc, but I am now about to start a full time job for 4 months as a Research Assistant.

I need this job to live - i can't afford not to work. My question is, is it possible to juggle both of these commitments? I'm aware that i still have a lot of work to do on my PhD, and i do have extenuating circumstances that would allow me to receive an extension come September 2019.

Any thoughts, guys?

Thank you :)

Thread: Subjectivity or Construction ivism?

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13-Aug-15, 23:24
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I'm just writing down my Research Paradigm employed for my research, however I am really confused between these terms
Subjectivity
Constructionivism

Are these both paradigms? or epistemology? Also, what is the difference between the two if there are any?
I' dont want to end up writing down a wrong research paradigm.

My research is qualitative based - but the overwhelming array of terms baffles me. thank you.

Thread: Masters dissertation extension just as im about to start a PhD - ?? confused

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02-Jul-15, 23:11
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Quote From TreeofLife:
So from your post 2 weeks ago you still haven't started your dissertation? Are you sure you are actually going to do it?

My life is pretty hectic at the moment. A lot of stuff going on and I have a work placement project as part of my MA to do as well

Thread: Masters dissertation extension just as im about to start a PhD - ?? confused

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02-Jul-15, 17:18
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Glad to be helpful.
I believe there is a way to start your PhD 1 (or more) months later. You may try to find it out. It is hard to predict your supervisor's reaction, but hopefully she will understand.
However, it might be a bit too early to inform her. Are you sure you cannot finish on time? or that 1 more month will make a change?
how much have you done for your Masters?


I'm torn between telling her now, or leave it until later on. What should i do?
I have done nothing on the dissertation. I have a pretty good idea regarding the topic, but in terms of any writing or research, i have done absolutely nothing.

Thread: Masters dissertation extension just as im about to start a PhD - ?? confused

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02-Jul-15, 10:55
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Hi Adam,

I had a quick look at your previous messages at this forum and I feel sorry for you. I can imagine how overwhelming it must be for you.
As some other people suggested before, I think 1-2 months is enough time to write-up Masters. The only problem is you need to know what to do. Is your database complete? Do you have interpretations in mind? Do you have outlines of your chapters ready? Try to put a document somehow, make an outline as detailed as possible, and then start filling up the gaps. Prepare your tables and other "easy" parts. You may find easier to start with introduction chapter, methods, review of previous investigations or the results. Personally, I find literature review and discussion parts difficult, because of we need to put our research in a "bigger picture". Think which strategy is better for you. Even if your writing progress is slow, it is still a progress.

I think, if you have 1 month overlap of your Masters and PhD it is not a big deal...
Are you going to do PhD on the same subject and / or with same supervisor? if yes, do you really need it?

Feel free to ask questions. We are here to support each other.


Thanks for your reply Nautilus.

My PhD will be at another University from where I'm currently doing my Masters degree.
This is why I'm nervous about asking my phd supervisor. Because i want to be up front with her and inform her that i might need an extension for my dissertation, but will this mess thing up for my phd? Because essentially i will doing both (finishing my dissertation and starting phd) at the same time.
I'm getting very overwhelmed at the moment. I haven't started on my dissertation due to various reasons.

Thread: Masters dissertation extension just as im about to start a PhD - ?? confused

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01-Jul-15, 19:14
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I have a dissertation to write by end of September, but due to numerous academic and personal issues, i don't see me being able to finish on time. I have been notified that i am able to receive a month's extension if needs be. However, i am starting a PhD on 1st of October.
I am just wondering how would this be received by my PhD supervisor, as i will essentially be starting my PhD whilst also trying to finish my MA dissertation. I don't see this going down well with her at all to be honest.

Have i just screwed things up for myself?

Any advice greatly appreciated.

Blog: MA dissertation extension as about to start PhD

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01-Jul-15, 18:46
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I have a dissertation to write by end of September, but due to numerous academic and personal issues, i don't see me being able to finish on time. I have been notified that i am able to receive a month's extension if needs be. However, i am starting a PhD on 1st of October.
I am just wondering how would this be received by my PhD supervisor, as i will essentially be starting my PhD whilst also trying to finish my MA dissertation. I don't see this going down well with her at all to be honest.

Have i just screwed things up for myself?

Any advice greatly appreciated.

Blog: MA dissertation extension as about to start PhD

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01-Jul-15, 18:43
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I have a dissertation to write by end of September, but due to numerous academic and personal issues, i don't see me being able to finish on time. I have been notified that i am able to receive a month's extension if needs be. However, i am starting a PhD on 1st of October.
I am just wondering how would this be received by my PhD supervisor, as i will essentially be starting my PhD whilst also trying to finish my MA dissertation. I don't see this going down well with her at all to be honest.

Have i just screwed things up for myself?

Any advice greatly appreciated.

Thread: It's June already and I haven't started my Masters Dissertation yet?!! Feeling very anxious!

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09-Jun-15, 20:40
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Hi!
So yeah, it’s mid-June already and I have not written a word of my Masters Dissertation yet. Zero words out of 20,000 words.

I am starting to get really anxious at the moment! I have been so focused on finishing all of my assignments that I have sort of neglected my dissertation! I don’t know what to do. I have to do everything from the reading, to conducting primary research and writing everything up by mid-September! It just seems an impossible task for me, and I’m already getting overwhelmed by all the pressure, which will result in my depression getting worse.

On top of this, I have secured a work placement with my Masters Degree, and I’m there until September and I have also a mini project to do with them as well!

I will also be starting a PhD in October as well, but at the moment I can’t help but feel as if I’ve screwed this up…
Any advice or stories you’d like to share guys?

Thank you,

A.

Thread: Masters dissertation - anxious, depressed, lonely! Is there any hope?

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19-Apr-15, 20:44
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I am feeling anxious, worried, hopeless, pessimistic, sad, lonely, and alone, frustrated because of my dissertation topic. I am being forced into a topic that I would not normally go into because of some regulations that was stipulated in my postgrad scholarship contract. I’m struggling to find any sort of motivation to begin reading around the subject.
I am half way through my Masters degree course, with a few assignments left and the big 20,000 dissertation of which I have yet to start. On top of this, I have to produce another (separate) task for a particular company that I will be working for over the summer period (again as part of my postgrad contract)
I suffer from depression, and in the past it has severely damaged my ability to both produce and submit work on time so much that I had to take a year out in my undergrad. I have compulsions of OCD to achieve this ‘perfect standard’ of every single piece work that I am working on, and I have reached the stage where I am wondering whether or not I will be able to finish my Masters degree at all this year. What’s more worrying is that I have a PhD studentship ready for me come October this year…I’m desperately trying to stay focused and tell myself that I can complete this MA dissertation on time, but I’m struggling to remain optimistic at all. The work is so overwhelming!
Any suggestions or advice would be great.
Thanks.

Thread: Another extension for masters' assignment ! Mental health issues

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08-Feb-15, 17:18
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I suffer from mental health issues, and my university is aware of this and they have been extremely helpful with giving me extensions on assignments etc.,
However, I've just received extensions on two essays that were due in earlier this month becsue of it - I have submitted one, but I have not submitted the other one which had been due in last week. I have emailed my tutor seeking for another extension but I'm still waiting answers! Can I apply for mitigating circumstances even though I've received a three week extension already?
I'm worried now that the university will cap my mark, and as a result will fail my masters degree....on top of that Ive secured s phd studentship for next year! It scares me how my mental health illness will affect both my current studies and my phd....and as a result its adding to the weight of me feeling anxious and depressed,'

Thread: Already have a PhD for next year but struggling with my current MA course!! Self doubt

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29-Jan-15, 11:41
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I have been offered a PhD for next year, but I'm struggling so much with my Masters degree in Sociology this year!
Although I recieved a First during my undergrad in Sociology as well, there is one module which I'm not performing as well as and this is the Research Process. This Is not only worth 40 credits but it's so important for my undertaking for a PhD next year! Ranging from epistemology to using SPSS and NVivo I can't seem to get to grips with this module! And I've only been able to scrap a Pass in the assignments with 2 C's and 2 C-'s. But im doing very well at my other assignments with Mostly getting A-'s and B+,s and B-'s!! I hate that I'm not doing as well in this module
I feel so disenhearted and wondering whether or not I have what it takes to complete a PhD! Because I will need to use these learning tools for my thesis!!
Is this normal at this level? And is my standard of work at MA level a reflection of what my PhD might be?

I need some motivation and some encouragement :(

ThAnks

Thread: Already have a PhD for next year but I'm really struggling with my current MA course! Self doubt.

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29-Jan-15, 11:29
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I have been offered a PhD for next year, but I'm struggling so much with my Masters degree in Sociology this year!
Although I recieved a First during my undergrad in Sociology as well, there is one module which I'm not performing as well as and this is the Research Process. This Is not only worth 40 credits but it's so important for my undertaking for a PhD next year! Ranging from epistemology to using SPSS and NVivo I can't seem to get to grips with this module! And I've only been able to scrap a Pass in the assignments with 2 C's and 2 C-'s. But im doing very well at my other assignments with Mostly getting A-'s and B+,s and B-'s!! I hate that I'm not doing as well in this module
I feel so disenhearted and wondering whether or not I have what it takes to complete a PhD! Because I will need to use these learning tools for my thesis!!
Is this normal at this level? And is my standard of work at MA level a reflection of what my PhD might be?

I need some motivation and some encouragement :(

Thanks

Thread: Accepted a PhD for next year, but am i good enough?

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21-Jan-15, 12:55
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I applied for a PhD studentship at Cardiff University just before Xmas, got through the application stage and went for an interview in early Jan. I thought it went okay, but was really surprised when i got a reply saying that i had been accepted. Pursuing a PhD is something that i always have wanted to do so i'm over the moon!!

However, despite getting a First Class Honours at my undergraduate degree, averaging about 75% I'm really struggling with the my current MA course. Espeically in one module which is worth 40 credits, and is a key module for undertaking research, and thus is essential for my PhD. I think i may have presumed that i should get a Distinction because of what i achieved in my BA degree, and i'm really worrying that i may not be able to achieve a good grade towards the end of this course that will make me suitable for my PhD for next year.

It's making me feeling extremely low and depressed and i have this feeling of being inadequate, constantly worrying over my work, stress out too much. I had to take a year out during my undegrad because i was so burned out with the course. I don't want my marks define me, but i don't want to start this PhD programme and then for my (to-be) supervise to find out that i only achieved, for example a Merit or a Pass.

Does anyone feel this way?

I might be putting pressure on myself to produce 'perfect' work; this is only because i want a career in academia!! Or should i just focus on getting the work done, doing what i can and not obsessing over the marks. I really want to achieve a Distinction, but don't think that will happen :/

Maybe in my mindset i feel that a PhD requires a 1st, and a Distinction at undegrad and posgrad level.
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