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May. 27th, 2003

10:46 pm - PhD plans

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From:johnckirk
Date:May 29th, 2003 02:14 pm (UTC)

Re: M.Sc 2003-4?

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I'd like to, but there are two problems:

a) I've missed most of the application dates - the only one I know of that's still available is Kings.

b) Assuming that I won't get funding, I can't afford it - this year is draining my savings, and putting me in debt.
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From:rileen
Date:May 30th, 2003 08:32 am (UTC)
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Well, funds can of course be a problem, though £3000 or so shouldn't be too bad, i guess ...... amazing to think that King's is the only one still available. Are you absolutely sure? Guess you mean only the ones in & around London?

Hope your revision's going well - i started yesterday.
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From:johnckirk
Date:May 30th, 2003 09:26 am (UTC)
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Well, funds can of course be a problem, though £3000 or so shouldn't be too bad, i guess

That would cover the tuition fees, which isn't really a problem - I could just stick that much on my credit card if necessary. It's the maintenance costs (food, rent, books, etc.) which are more of an issue. I could ask the bank for a loan, but if I then go on to do a PhD afterwards then I won't be getting a huge grant, i.e. I may have trouble repaying the loan. Once my exams are over I'll go through my budget and look at my options, but I think I'll need to take the year out.

amazing to think that King's is the only one still available. Are you absolutely sure? Guess you mean only the ones in & around London?

Well, I haven't done an exhaustive search, but the deadline for Imperial has gone past (1 May), and Sussex say "as early as possible, preferably before 1 May", so that seems to be a fairly common time of year.

Hope your revision's going well - i started yesterday.

It's going ok (been at it for about a week now), although I've found various errors in the lecture notes and the textbook, so once I've finished my first pass (probably tonight/tomorrow), I'll email Raphael and the authors. Then they can take a look to confirm what I think, while I'm doing my second pass.
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From:rileen
Date:May 30th, 2003 09:38 am (UTC)
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First pass? You mean you're going over everything twice or more? Wow ........

You should try reading Knuth's books - he pays the first reader to spot an error :-) !!

Many deadlines are applicable only if you're applying for funding - also, jobs.ac.uk seem to advertise funded M.Scs every now & then.
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