Unsure about path to academia
July 29, 2014 5:48 AM Subscribe
My goal is to become a university professor but I'm torn whether to do a second master's degree or go straight for a PhD. I can get decent funding for a master's but am I treading water?
posted by nagoya to Education (18 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Every time I've taken the next step in my learning (primary school to secondary school to high school to undergraduate to master's) I've consistently underestimated my abilities, despite feeling generally very confident during each stage. I also love studying, reading, and writing. I find academic writing to be my most suitable creative outlet. Thankfully, I have been very fortunate in terms of funding for my studies. My current degree is fully funded, and I have guaranteed at least partial funding (full tuition but not maintenance) for a second master's. PhD funding is obviously difficult but not impossible.
My undergraduate degree was from a very good institution but my master's degree is at an art school in a related subject to the first. However, I want to do my research in the field I did my undergraduate degree in. So, should I take the offer of doing a second master's in the field my first degree was in (at a top institution), or just take the plunge and go for the PhD?
This is all UK based btw, but any responses welcome.