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Post by Max P » Tue Mar 29, 2005 4:12 pm

I finished at Edinburgh in June 2004 and am still here working at the university as a research assistant so if anyone needs any info drop me a line.....

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Post by Mary Clare » Sat Oct 22, 2005 7:42 pm

I've just started my first year here, reading Classics, so I may be able to help with any questions too!
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Post by Jude » Fri Dec 02, 2005 5:20 pm

What's the Med school like? My daughter has applied - it's her 1st choice....
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Post by Mary Clare » Thu Jan 05, 2006 8:39 pm

The Med School seems to be really good - all the Medics I know really enjoy the course. It is pretty intensive though, but I suppose that's the same fro med everywhere!
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Post by tomday55 » Tue Mar 21, 2006 4:12 pm

I have an offer there from Sep 2006 to study economics, and I'm coming up mid April to see the place. I can't wait!! Hear so much positive news from there.
What is the rugby like up there?
Also, how expensive is cost of living for food and going out, as my other hoice is Birmingham or Loughborugh.
the main drawback I feel is the 4 years, but actually, how much difference does that make?
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Post by Great Plum » Tue Mar 21, 2006 4:28 pm

4 years isn't a drawback - it's a blessing! And you will get an MA at the end of it!
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Post by tomday55 » Wed Mar 22, 2006 12:04 pm

MA being better than a Ba?

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Post by Great Plum » Wed Mar 22, 2006 12:33 pm

tomday55 wrote:MA being better than a Ba?
yes - it's a master's degree...

BA= Bachelor of Arts

MA: Master of Arts
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Post by jtaylor » Wed Mar 22, 2006 1:00 pm

You do have to balance though the career merit. Remember that an MA is usually longer, and hence costs you an extra year in fees etc. and also the lost earnings of not working for that year....

So, you have to be certain that either it will enhance your career/earnings potential, or that you're interested enough to do it purely for the fun of it.

From my experience recruiting, once someone's got business experience then the qualification becomes a "qualifier" rather than a "winner" (i.e. you're looking for someone of university calibre, but the real important thing is the experience), and hence the relevence of the MA vs BA decreases with time....this also then means that your cost equation is tighter
(Fees + Lost Year 1 earnings) <?> (additional salary earned due to having MA over xx years) OR (additional long-term career ceiling due to having MA)
where xx years may only be a few years, depending on the area you're working in...

Just my two-peneth...

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Post by Great Plum » Wed Mar 22, 2006 1:24 pm

I suppose that's true Julian - I chose to do an MSc for 3 reasons:

1. I enjoyed the subject.
2. I didn't want to leave uni! ;)
3. I thought that lots of people have a BA/BSc and having a master's degree would make me stand out a little...
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Post by jtaylor » Wed Mar 22, 2006 1:29 pm

All three of which are excellent reasons in my opinion.

The worry is if people assume it'll immediately give them more money, or MUCH easier employment - it's just not always the case.

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Post by Richard Ruck » Wed Mar 22, 2006 1:31 pm

A big plus is that Edinburgh's a great place to spend a few years.

Plenty of decent rugby clubs, too, if you don't fancy university stuff. Heriot's, Watsonians, Stewarts-Melville etc. spring to mind (at least, they were quite good when I lived there).
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Post by 99yorkpj » Sun Jan 14, 2007 2:22 pm

I'm half way through my first year at Edinburgh- great city! And the fees are lower too... thanks scotland :)
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