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Do a Google search on 'Management and Human Resources' + 'New Route PhDs'. Typically, the New Route PhDs offer classes as part of the PhD programme. As far as I am aware, as a PhD student, you are welcome to sit in on classes taken by Masters/Undergrad students at your university, but if you are not taking the New Route PhD, these may not count towards your degree.
Best of luck!
I completely understand what you are going through. I had my viva a few months back, and a similar thing happened. At first, I felt a little sad as to why some people get little or no changes, and I got what seemed like so many! The good thing is that they were mainly cosmetic changes (i.e. moving paragraphs around/explaining concepts) rather than repeating experiments/doing statistical tests which would have taken ages. Please do remember that you have passed the viva (pretty much a Dr pending the ceremony), and you'll be finished up soon. Best of luck with the final push! You'll manage it!
My apologies XJR. You're right they should not be lumped together.
I do think its important to warn people beforehand about low-ranking universities (for Bachelors, some Masters and MBA degrees), as some people borrow lots of money to come from overseas, only to pay extortionate fees to go to a university that doesn't have such a great reputation. Sadly, reputation does count at this level.
For research degrees, the difference between universities is less, as it depends more on the quality of research within the department and by the supervisor.
OldLecturer is right to raise his concerns about universities which are in the low ranks or which are unaccredited diploma mills. While a degree is better than no degree, many international students do not realise that it will be harder to get a job after doing an MBA from an unaccredited/low ranking university. Many will get attracted to places in a city like London, where unaccredited places seem to be rife. Keep going OldLecturer!
I doubt many professors in your area would be reading your message. Best thing is for you to be is proactive. Try www.findaphd.com or Google to find any PhDs in your area of interest. Also contact some professors in the area of interest to see if they have any projects (and funding if you need it).
Additionally be careful if you go through an "agent" (as is common is some countries to apply to a course overseas). Follow the original poster's advice and check the status and accredition of the university. If possible, apply directly to the university rather than going through an agency.
Funding for International Students is pretty competitive over in the UK. You are probably best off contacting a few professors at UK universities who have similar research interests to you, and asking whether they would potentially be interested in supervising a project that you would like to do. You can also ask whether there is any funding available. Good luck!
At the end of each semester, we give the students feedback forms to fill-in. Data is collected, but I've never personally been told if I'm doing well/badly or how to improve. Feedback could be a good idea.
I suppose the best indicator of how you are doing is if the uni reappoints you next year to teach the same module!
I haven't done an MBA myself, but I think its worth definately ensuring that the MBA is targeted towards your needs and career aspirations (IT sector), and from a high reputed university. You also need to ensure that the degree will be worth something in the next few years, as it is an expensive course which is going to mean sacrifices, unless you have a sponsor.
Many universities offer MBA programmes, and quality obviously varies between them. In my opinion, you are best off consulting the rankings to decide from the top list of schools (LBS, Cambridge, Oxford, LUMS, MBS, Warwick, Cranfield, City).(http://rankings.ft.com/global-mba-rankings)
For my Masters, we needed to get above 70% in every single component (e.g. each piece of coursework, thesis and each exam) to get a distinction. If you dropped below 70% for any of these, you would just get the 'Pass' mark. Needless to say very few people got a distinction.
Its worth checking with your uni if they are as rigid as my old one, and work as hard as possible!
I doubt your department will mind if you can hand your Masters thesis to them earlier than the deadline. That means you can start applying for jobs/working sooner.
Whether or not they will mark it earlier and release your official marks is up to the department though.
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