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MA Degree: A Review

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Hannah Sherwood | Postgraduate History (Modern) Contact Hannah
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Now that I have officially handed in my dissertation, it is time to reflect on the year and how I have found the course

The Social Side

When I decided to do my Master’s, I knew it was going to be a lot of work, but I was also excited about the social side. I joined a new university and was excited to explore all of the Warwick uni students must go to social places. Unfortunately, due to multiple lockdowns, I could only start to socialise in person in the last third of my time doing the course.

The social aspect has been great and makes me a little sad that I didn’t get to enjoy it fully. Often Postgraduate degrees can seem like they are all about studying. But within the year there is plenty of opportunities to make new friends and get involved in societies.

During my time studying, I was an active member of two societies and able to join in with the online socials, which provided a great way of taking a break from all of the reading.

The support from those on my course has been invaluable throughout the course, although this was, of course more limited than it normally would have been. However, through virtual game nights and WhatsApp groups, we were able to provide a network of socialising and support.

I had quite a big gap in my ability to use the campus. At the start of the year, I had one seminar in person and then did not find myself back until after the Easter break to write my dissertation. Enjoying the campus in the summer highlighted just how much there was to explore.

The Work

I had been a bit apprehensive about starting a Masters after having a year out after my Undergraduate. It was, however, not as bad as I feared. The gap between finishing my Undergrad and starting the MA allowed me to fully assess if this is what I wanted to do and how I wanted to approach the work. If you are considering a year (or more) away, I would recommend it. Better to take a little time away and then fully throw yourself in than to get halfway through the course wishing you had waited.

Extra Work

I have touched on this in a previous post, but it is so important to throw yourself into as many different events as possible from the start of the course.

Becoming a more active member of the academic community is going to support the development of your work and how you as an academic interact within these environments. Attending these events and networking can be intimidating, but the provide a space to develop these skills.

Conclusion

Although it has not been the year I imagined when first applying for my place on the MA Modern History course but it has been a year of personal and academic growth.

To remain active in the academic community whilst I take a break before applying for a PhD, myself and a group of friends from my History MA have set up our own blog, Dandelion Academics. If you are interested in posting your own work on there get in touch via the contact form on the site.

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Hannah Sherwood | Postgraduate History (Modern) Contact Hannah
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