It’s the morning before I start my first day of my third and final year of my MSc. It seems only yesterday that I was a newbie, anxiously preparing for my first day at Greenwich. I have mixed feelings as I write this. I found my second year really tough and having to complete six or seven papers over four months to June left me feeling pretty exhausted and ready for a break.
I feel a sense of trepidation at the thought of picking all those books to study again … but him-at –home reminded me that, actually, I am always like this! When I do get back into it I really enjoy all the new learning. I am looking forward to seeing my fellow third years again but there will be some faces missing and some new ones to meet. We have a very fertile group as three out of our original 18 have become pregnant! They have ‘interrupted’ their studies for a year to concentrate on their new babies. Our course is designed so that if you exit after the second year having passed all modules and completed 100 clinical hours rather than 80 required for the masters course, you are awarded a post graduate diploma. This is different from ‘interrupting’ where you take a year out from the course rather than ‘exiting’. It may not be possible to rejoin the programme for the third year if you have exited but if you have ‘interrupted ‘ and do not return to the programme you can ‘exit’ as long as you have done the extra clinical hours.