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Is further study worth the money?

When I first started applying for university, I knew I wanted to study Masters straight after graduation. I’m the kind of girl who likes to plan well ahead. Of course you don’t think about money when you make long term plans as you know it will put you off. After completing my degree I was disheartened to discover that a Masters won’t be funded by Student Finance like my BA was. When I started to research different universities and their fees I was shocked at how expensive it was. This got me thinking; is it really worth the money?

It is something I have always wanted to do, but I have to think about money now. I no longer have the luxury of living at home. I want to do it sooner rather than later. I have a job but my hours have gone down drastically, forcing me to job hunt again and the money that I do earn goes straight into the flat bills. The little bit I have leftover is currently being saved for a newer car as mine is broken. So at the moment it looks like I won’t be applying for my Masters this year, unless my money troubles improve (hint, hint lottery win).

Rather than letting the negatives bring me down, I try and focus on the positives. It is going to give me more time to research which university to apply for. At the moment I have shortlisted three; Edge Hill, MMU and Birmingham. All three are local universities. Do I return to the university where I studied my BA or go for somewhere new? If I go back I could see all my friends again. I also have the extra time to expand my portfolio and develop more as a writer and begin to gain more confidence in my writing.

Once I have my Masters degree then I know I can finally move to a new city to pursue the career I have been studying for the past three years.

What do you think? Should I save up and do a Masters or just leave it?


  • I think if you want to do your masters then you should do it but remember, there is no rush. The universities will still be there offering the same course in a few years time. I wanted to do my masters straight after my BA also, but then reality hit me, it’s too expensive. Put your priorities first and think about doing a MA when you can afford it, that’s what I would do :)

  • Katie Katie says:

    I Study Creative Writing too, in my second year and originally, I had it in my head that I was definitely doing a masters, as I thought it might help kick start me into a writing career, but same as you I didn’t think about it money wise and I just learnt something from this article as I didn’t know that it weren’t funded by student finance! This means that I may have to postpone it too – I think maybe for your case you could wait and see how you feel in a year or two, save money anyway – what you think now might be clearer then :) x

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