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Hi - I am also doing a literature MA. I'm about half way through. I'm not very productive so if I were to put in 8 hours work -I'd have got about 4 done. So, I am constantly at my desk. What with all the reading, there are genuinely not enough hours in the day for me to procrastinate, and get nearly everything done. I haven't started my dissertation - have formulated a rubbish proposal which I fully intend to change. It's due at the end of August. I have 2 important essays due in the next fortnight - and my knowledge does not seem to be extensive enough to inform either of them just yet.
On the plus side - - I don't know about you, but I am still enjoying it and getting something positive out of it. If you are too, then i'd say don't worry. It is meant to be challenging. The biggest thing for me about this though - is how time consuming it is. Reading takes ages, and it's the crux of it. so don't worry -- you aren't the only one. Good luck with it and I'm sure that it will all come together.
PS. What's your research field?
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Can someone who is doing a Masters tell me what kind of level of contact I can expect from my supervisor? The dissertation is due in 5 months and we haven't met yet, what exactly will be his role, how long are your meetings and how frequent etc? T
I have heard that the proposal is the most important thing, whether they let you in will depend more on whether it is feesible etc and if you are doing well in your MSc then don't worry because your references will say so. Undergrad is important though, so i'm not saying it won't matter at all, but i'd definitely say he proposal is the most important thing, given that you have a post-grad. And just apply now, rather than waiting there's no point delaying, i guess there wil be a form that you write your expected grade, or your references will write that you are expected a distincton.
This does feel a bit awkward, if i were you i would send a brief email outlining your interests, and state that you are aware of his area of expertise and you were wondering if he might have a look at your proposal to see if he would be interested in supervising your project. He'll either be flattered, or used to it. Don't worry
I think I would include a lot on why you want to do history of medicine specifically (as opposed to just history or something more general), and why you want to go to Imperial, what is it about the course there that interests you more than other universities?
State your aims (if you know them), do you want to continue to phd, a career in research, make sure they know that you aren't just doing this because you don't know what else to do.
Mention some of the skills you have developed at under grad and how you are going to apply them to your masters, talk about anything you have extra-curricular that i kind of relevant but also makes you seem interesting.
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Hi guys, I am an MSc Literature student at the moment, with average-good grades and a 2.1 undergrad from a good Uni. I would like to do a PhD next year but I'm not really that academic or anything (just enjoy it). I was just wondering if anyone could tell me how much of a leap it is from Masters level, or say anything about the level of commitment involved.
Also, how competitive is it to get in? What does the application involve?
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