The HSMP Rant (and a little question)

Adrian Howard adrianh at
Mon Jul 9 18:49:36 BST 2007

On 6 Jul 2007, at 20:24, Ovid wrote:

> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Aaron Trevena <aaron.trevena at>
>> Probably quicker and cheaper to get an MSc than a BSc - any part-time
>> degree takes twice as long as fulltime, so that could be 18 months vs
>> 6 years (maybe 4 or 5 if you transfer some credit).
> That would actually be fantastic.  If I could do that faster than a  
> Bachelor's, I'd definitely go for it.

Most Masters programs take signs of being vaguely clever (and money)  
as enough to get on the course. Part time you're looking at 18-24  
months minimum. Possibly longer depending on how much time you can  
dedicate (e.g. Bournemouth's Advanced Computing MSc runs from  
2-5years part time depending). Most places will expect you to be on- 
site for part of that time.

Also remember to take a look at the "project" bit of the MSc. It can  
suck up a lot of time if you're not careful. I know this caused some  
problems for part timers on the HCCS MSc @ Sussex when I was helping  
out there.


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