3 Differences Between Undergraduate and Masters Study!

Hello all! Today I thought I’d talk a bit about what I found to be the main differences between studying my undergraduate degree, and studying a Masters.  I’ve mentioned enough times before that I had an absolute ball on both of my courses, but jumping into my Masters was certainly a learning curve, and so I thought I’d share my experience of that with you! This post, then, contains the three biggest difference I found, and how they impacted on my experience.

As a quick side-note – don’t be put off by points one and two.  It sounds intense, and it is, but it is so, so worth it!!3-differences-between-undergraduate-and-masters

1. The Workload

This is an incredibly obvious one, but the workload at Masters level is definitely a step up from undergrad! This will differ from course to course, but generally the amount of work you have to do will increase during postgraduate study.  In my case, I had seven modules, all done over the course of nine months (September to May), each with an equally intense workload. That meant assessments and/or exams for each in December/January, and the same again in April/May.  The April/May period was the most intense, with over 25,000 words worth of assessments, several group projects and an exam within the space of three weeks! This was followed by a 12,000 word dissertation between June and September.

What this taught me:

Time management, organisation and self motivation.

2. The Amount of Class Time

This is obviously connected closely to the first point, but I noticed a massive increase in the number of hours I spent in class between undergraduate and Masters! I was in class five days a week, pretty much 9-5, with the odd hour here or there free, which was a shock to the system after the relaxed timetable I’d had before! Again, this will vary depending on the course, but expect to spend a bit more time in the classroom again!

What this taught me:

Prioritising – the time outside of class becomes precious, and it’s important to use it effectively, both for studying and unwinding.  It also taught me that balancing a part time job with a Masters can be tricky!

3. The Dedication

One really positive thing about postgraduate study, which I mentioned in a recent video, is the fact that at this point, pretty much everyone who is on the course really wants to be there! Something I have a post planned on for some point over the next few weeks is how difficult it is to figure out what you want to do with your life, at any time never mind when you’re just seventeen or eighteen! A lot of people end up going to uni because they think it’s what they should do, or they aren’t really sure what else to do, and that can land them on a course that isn’t right for them. That lack of passion comes across, and can affect things like group work and even class morale.  At Masters level, however, people have already been through their first degree, so actively making the choice to come back and study some more suggests that this is something they are genuinely interested in, and means people will really work hard.

What this taught me:

That collective positive energy is great for keeping you going at some of the more stressful times of the year! When the whole group is striving to do well, it pushes you to do your best, and focus on the end goal (even when you’ve been in the library for what feels like a year of your life!).

I hope you enjoyed that post – I felt inspired to write it after filming my “My Masters Experience” video a couple of weeks ago. If you’ve gone through the undergrad to post-grad transition, what were the biggest changes you experienced?

Thanks for reading!

Lynsey x

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Guest Bloggers Needed: “So you want to study…?”

Happy Friday everyone – hope you’re all well.  Can we really be a week into March already??!
Today I wanted to talk to you about a series I’ve been planning for this blog.  As much as I had an incredible time at university, and picked up lots of tips and tricks along the way, when it comes to advice on college/university course content my experience is more limited – one person can only study so many subjects!  During my undergrad, I studied Film and Television Studies, Theatre Studies and Comparative Literature, and then went on to do my Masters in International Marketing . So while I can give advice on student life in general, I’m going to need some assistance when it comes to discussing particular courses – and that’s where you come in!!

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“So you want to study…?”
I’ve decided to call the series “So you want to study…?”, with the relevant course name added to the title of each post. If you study English Lit, then, your post title will be “So you want to study English Literature?” (pretty self-explanatory!). Whether you’re studying at the moment or have already graduated, I want to hear from you! I’m looking for guest posts on as many different courses as possible – so whether you’re studying Medicine, Mechanical Engineering, Makeup or Marketing, drop me an email or leave a comment on this post!
These posts will deal with expectations vs reality, work load, pros and cons, the application process, and what made you want to study the subject you chose! It’ll be a great way to cover a wide variety of subjects, and will hopefully provide some really useful content for anyone contemplating applying for university or college, or even someone who is thinking about changing their course! Eventually I’m hoping to take the series over onto YouTube too, and do some uni experience collaboration videos, so keep your eyes peeled for that in the future!!
You don’t have to be a blogger to take part – but if you are, all your links will be included in the posts, so it’s a good little networking opportunity too! This is going to be an ongoing project, so if you’re busy with course work/assessments right now, don’t worry! Just leave me a comment or tweet me to let me know you’re interested and we can pencil you in for a post for later in the year!
You can follow me on Facebook or Twitter (@studentswitch) for more updates on this project, or email me at thestudentswitchboard@gmail.com!
Thanks so much for reading guys, and have a fantastic weekend!
Lynsey x
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