New Year's Resolution - start an MSc

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New Year! New Me! I'm crap at sticking to my multiple resolutions. I think I did okay on last year's resolutions. So this year, I'm just making a single one.

At the start of the Gregorian calendar 2021, I'll begin an MSc Digital and Technology Specialist. My resolution is to get my coursework in on time. That's it.

It has been so long since I formally studied anything that I'm a little nervous about how I'll get on. I'm going to spend some of the Xmas break brushing up on my stats, doing what pre-reading I can, and working out a study schedule. But I'm conscious that the last time I started a university course was before the new millennium!

I am incredibly fortunate that this course is being offered by my employer as an apprenticeship. As an apprentice (what an unexpected thing to type!) I'll get 20% of my work-week dedicated to study. That'll be tricky to work around all my regular meetings and obligations. But there are plenty of employees working flexibly at GDS - so I'm sure I'll work it out somehow.

Of course, with the-virus-which-must-not-be-named, all the teaching is virtual. The course is run by, who seem reasonably competent at such things. The degree is accredited by Northumbria University. I've no idea how challenging this is going to be - but I'm going to give it my all.

I'm also ridiculously lucky that, because it is an apprenticeship, work will pay the tuition! If I can stick it out for two years - and complete the final assessment - I'll be nearly as clever as my wife.

Because of this, I'm probably not going to carry on blogging every single day. But I'm sure I'll find some things to talk about.

If you're on the course - or have done something similar - do say hi!

6 thoughts on “New Year's Resolution - start an MSc

  1. ah brilliant! good luck with it 🙂

  2. Tom Hume says:

    I did a Master's post FP and pre-Google. It was incredibly enjoyable and rewarding; to the extent that I resolved to do one every 10 years or so: having a big chunk of team devoted to learning new stuff (especially from the basics), getting a feel for the deeper levels of diligence in academia, and working on some self-directed self-indulgent projects was just fantastic. Best of luck with it Terence!

  3. Don Cheadle says:

    That looks interesting - I enjoy your user takes on technology, assume a more macroscopic view will be enlivened by your perspective.

    Is there a way to get bundled news alerts re: emails? One a day is a bit much, but a digest once a week would be neato.

    1. @edent says:

      If you've subscribed to my blog, you can visit to set how often you'd like to receive notifications.

      By default, you'll get an email every time you post. But you can change it to weekly digest.

  4. Will Hawkins says:

    Good luck! You'll do great.

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