I’ve just finished a Masters in English Literature with the Open University. I started it in October 2010 so it has taken a while but I can honestly say it has been one of the best experiences of my life. For a very reasonable price, compared with what I paid for my first degree as a full-time student (and especially now that prices have gone up much more than when I was a student) I have had first-rate tutors, good admin and web-based support and a wonderful time.
After my first degree (which was a law degree for those interested), I thought I never wanted to study or do an essay or exam again. My dislike for exams and revision has not diminished over time, however, after about 5 years out of Uni I did start to miss learning. I was in a job that was not challenging me at the time so I decided to apply to the OU. I chose English Literature as I had always loved reading and slightly wished I had done an English degree first time around. Luckily, my first degree meant I could go straight in at Masters level as the theme of the course, intertextuality, was right up my street. So fast forward two and a half years and I have enjoyed my Masters so much I’m thinking about getting in even deeper and doing a PhD. It is a struggle to find the time to do academic work around a normal job like I do, but one of the ladies from my last course really inspired me – she had four children, was a lawyer and had a dog, but was still doing really well on her OU work! I thought: ‘Well, if she can do it with all that going on, so can I!’
I think I’m waffling a bit so sorry, but I thought that might be useful for anyone else thinking about doing the same kind of thing. Anyhow, I’ve missed the deadline to submit a PhD proposal for this year, but I have started a draft so we’ll have to see for next year! I will keep you up to date if it is of interest! Bye for now!