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AlmondFacialBar
894976.  Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:07 am Reply with quote

I was just thinking looking at the essay debate in How was your Day – sounds like people did some seriously interesting things when they were in uni. So – what did you study and what was your thesis topic? Or indeed, what are you studying right now?

Me:
BA English, German and American Cultural and Linguistic Studies – University of Siegen – no thesis, it was cumulative assessment and I used up a small forest’s worth of paper for the essays. The structuralist analysis of the epic hero’s journey from classical times to postmodernism as exemplified by Odysseus, Leopold Bloom and Arthur Dent particularly sticks in the mind.
PG Cert Radio Production – Institute of Media Training and Research Bruchsal – no thesis, but co-launched a radio station, which I guess will just about do
MA Anglo-Irish Literature – University College Dublin – thesis on Sean O’Casey’s relationship with German expressionism as obvious from The Silver Tassie
Currently working on part time PG Dip Management and Marketing – Dublin Institute of Technology – graduation project will be on online B2B marketing of medical products (as in I’m blagging for a promotion... ;-))

And you?

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
Neotenic
894979.  Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:12 am Reply with quote

Nuffin.

Just did the usual sex/drugs/rock n' roll thing, while holding down a 9 to 5.

 
NinOfEden
894985.  Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:26 am Reply with quote

I never went.

 
filofax
894991.  Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:42 am Reply with quote

Open University as a grown up: History, literature and philosophy.
Absolutely no use to man nor beast, but I enjoyed it.

 
Starfish13
894995.  Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:48 am Reply with quote

Interesting to some, just plain weird to others I suppose.

I did Marine Biology as an undergrad. The first couple of years were very similar to other biological sciences, covering cell biology, organic chemistry, environmental systems, comparative anatomy and physiology*, environmental history*, ecology (including population ecology), wildlife conservation biology, geology, environmental chemistry, botany and statistics. Statistics and botany being the two most dull things in the whole world.

Then from third year we started to specialise, and studied physical oceanography*, fish biology*, marine ecology, finfish and shellfish aquaculture, more anatomy and physiology* (including marine mammals and birds), aquatic ecotoxicology*, fish nutrition, fish reproduction, fish disease*, and lots of field work. I really liked my course, found it all quite interesting and did quite well all in all.
*most interesting units

I did a research proect looking at the effects of nitrogen loading into the environment as a result of salmonid farming, and set up a set of mesocosms on a fish farm in a sea loch on the west coast. Most of these sank in hurricane-force winds. It was almost as disappointing as a friend who was studying intelligence and learning in cephalopod molluscs and had his octopus nicked from the aquarium.

I did a masters in environmental management for tourism. I really liked the environment side, but the business part of tourism wasn't really my thing and I wished that I'd done something a bit more on the lines of my undergrad. degree.

I'm now doing Preparing to Teach in the Life-long Learning Sector (PTLLS) for my work, and not enjoying it much at all. I'm finding it really difficult.

 
AlmondFacialBar
894997.  Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:52 am Reply with quote

Starfish13 wrote:
Interesting to some, just plain weird to others I suppose.

I did Marine Biology as an undergrad. The first couple of years were very similar to other biological sciences, covering cell biology, organic chemistry, environmental systems, comparative anatomy and physiology*, environmental history*, ecology (including population ecology), wildlife conservation biology, geology, environmental chemistry, botany and statistics. Statistics and botany being the two most dull things in the whole world.

Then from third year we started to specialise, and studied physical oceanography*, fish biology*, marine ecology, finfish and shellfish aquaculture, more anatomy and physiology* (including marine mammals and birds), aquatic ecotoxicology*, fish nutrition, fish reproduction, fish disease*, and lots of field work. I really liked my course, found it all quite interesting and did quite well all in all.
*most interesting units

I did a research proect looking at the effects of nitrogen loading into the environment as a result of salmonid farming, and set up a set of mesocosms on a fish farm in a sea loch on the west coast. Most of these sank in hurricane-force winds. It was almost as disappointing as a friend who was studying intelligence and learning in cephalopod molluscs and had his octopus nicked from the aquarium.

I did a masters in environmental management for tourism. I really liked the environment side, but the business part of tourism wasn't really my thing and I wished that I'd done something a bit more on the lines of my undergrad. degree.

I'm now doing Preparing to Teach in the Life-long Learning Sector (PTLLS) for my work, and not enjoying it much at all. I'm finding it really difficult.


Sounds really interesting to me actually, all of it. :-) I'm a hopeless science geek, wish I had the talent to do it properly.

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
soup
895000.  Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:00 am Reply with quote

BSc Mechanical engineering (CNAA thin sandwich degree so a college of technology[1] rather than a university but the same idea).

[1] Dundee college of Technology then Dundee Institute of technology now Abertay university.

 
Starfish13
895002.  Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:08 am Reply with quote

There is no talent required for things like stripping milt from a fish or collecting poop from wading birds on a mudflat. All you need is a good pair of welly boots!

 
bemahan
895005.  Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:22 am Reply with quote

Starfish13 wrote:
There is no talent required for things like stripping milt from a fish or collecting poop from wading birds on a mudflat. All you need is a good pair of welly boots!

Youchie - the thought of stripping milt using welly boots.

 
Moosh
895052.  Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:32 pm Reply with quote

MMath - University of Manchester - undergraduate masters in maths, specialising in Logic and Foundations, with a bit of Algebra on the side. Currently writing my dissertation on the max-plus semiring (or "tropical" semiring).

PhD Pure Mathematics - University of Leeds - to start in October, I'll be researching in computability theory, probably looking at enumeration reducibility, but I couldn't give you a thesis title.

 
suze
895054.  Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:48 pm Reply with quote

My first degree was a BA Linguistics (with minor subject English) from the University of British Columbia. On my application I'd named English as my likely major and History as my likely minor, but wasn't committed to these. I discovered Linguistics in the course of a first year module on the history of the English language, and that's the road which I followed thereafter.

I then took an MA in Linguistic Research Methods. The department was in the process of conducting an Ottawa-funded survey of the indigenous languages of BC, Yukon, Fort Smith, and Inuvik, and the easiest way to do that was to create an MA course whose students would do the fieldwork. To get the MA, all that was necessary was to do the allocated field trips, write them up in a suitable manner, and also pass a very easy written exam which only existed because someone important said there had to be one.

From there to PhD, at which stage I spent far too many years of my life trying to figure out just why it is that a handful of the indigenous language of NAm have an increasing number of speakers while most are in terminal decline. On one level, that question could be answered in one sentence - but instead, I wrote 302 pages with a scarey number of statistical analyses and graphs and some rather cool maps.

I also have a PGCE from the University of London, which I did on a part time basis while working as a lecturer. At the time it was by no means essential for lecturers (whether in universities or in FE) to have a teaching qualification, but it was beginning to be seen as desirable. And the Qualified Teacher Status which that course secured me has come in rather useful since then!

 
Sadurian Mike
895058.  Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:41 pm Reply with quote

I have an A level in Art.






Oh yeah, currently doing BA(Hons) Contemporary Military and International History.

 
strawhat
895064.  Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:57 pm Reply with quote

BSc Biology Hons, I focused on whole organism Biology and ecology.

I'm now hunting for a PGCE place as I have been rejected by Hallam because they had one place left and 4 people interviewing. Luckily I have both Notts Unis still to hear from as they have not filled up yet.

 
cornixt
895068.  Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:18 pm Reply with quote

BEng in Electronic Engineering. 1st and 3rd years were at UEA in Norwich, 2nd year was at University of Colorado in Boulder. I probably should have worked harder but I have the "I can't be arsed" gene, which tends to make me ignore things until they go away or do the minimum amount of work necessary. I did so much programming that I was seen as a good candidate for systems engineering. Software was always much easier than hardware.

 
Leith
895074.  Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:54 pm Reply with quote

BSc Maths and Computer Science for me, specializing in Artificial Intelligence in general and Genetic Programming in particular (see post 400089).

I occasionally regret not having gone on to a PhD, but I was already qualified for the work I wanted to do, so it seemed indulgent at the time. As it is, I love my job and am pretty happy with the way things worked out, though I still like the idea of doing something academic in later life / retirement.

 

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