Workload at UCL, LSE, King's etc...


I have noticed a number of queries regarding workload at various schools. My experience would tell me that you are probably looking at a 35-40 hour week as a guide if you wish to keep your weekends free. This would equate to a 7/8 hour day.

Obviously factors such as which courses you choose to follow and the speed at which you read and digest the reading will have an impact. Just thought it might be worth giving a view on a question asked but rarely answered.
I have noticed a number of queries regarding workload at various schools. My experience would tell me that you are probably looking at a 35-40 hour week as a guide if you wish to keep your weekends free. This would equate to a 7/8 hour day.

Obviously factors such as which courses you choose to follow and the speed at which you read and digest the reading will have an impact. Just thought it might be worth giving a view on a question asked but rarely answered.
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Interesting comment!

The workload of the various LLM courses does vary a lot. I'd say anyone studying 7/8 hours a day should be on track for a distinction at a UoL college (wishing I had put that many hours in :-/ ).

From experience (although generalising) I'd also say the workload at the UoL is higher than other LLM programs outside London (exc. Oxbridge).
Interesting comment!

The workload of the various LLM courses does vary a lot. I'd say anyone studying 7/8 hours a day should be on track for a distinction at a UoL college (wishing I had put that many hours in :-/ ).

From experience (although generalising) I'd also say the workload at the UoL is higher than other LLM programs outside London (exc. Oxbridge).
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prashbez
Hi

I've got conditional admission to KCL for 2008-2009 for the LLM in International Finance.

Just wanted to know whether it's possible to do the LLM study and also work the 20 hours a week that international students are allowed to work in order to finance some part of my LLM?

Would the work load allow a student to work 20 hours a week or not?

Cheers
Prashant
Hi

I've got conditional admission to KCL for 2008-2009 for the LLM in International Finance.

Just wanted to know whether it's possible to do the LLM study and also work the 20 hours a week that international students are allowed to work in order to finance some part of my LLM?

Would the work load allow a student to work 20 hours a week or not?

Cheers
Prashant
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What kind of question is this ? Are you kidding me...you should be pulling a maximum 120 hours a week plus running the London Marathon. This is KCL...not London Metropolitan.
What kind of question is this ? Are you kidding me...you should be pulling a maximum 120 hours a week plus running the London Marathon. This is KCL...not London Metropolitan.
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pratish
What kind of question is this ? Are you kidding me...you should be pulling a maximum 120 hours a week plus running the London Marathon. This is KCL...not London Metropolitan.


Hey Johan

What do you mean by saying that "you should be pulling a maximum 120 hours a week plus running the London Marathon"?

Can you elaborate on this point a bit more?
<blockquote>What kind of question is this ? Are you kidding me...you should be pulling a maximum 120 hours a week plus running the London Marathon. This is KCL...not London Metropolitan. </blockquote>

Hey Johan

What do you mean by saying that "you should be pulling a maximum 120 hours a week plus running the London Marathon"?

Can you elaborate on this point a bit more?
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Prashant, this is basically a judgment call on how competent you think you are at holding down a job and a full-time course.

A university will expect you to treat your studies as a full-time job i.e., spending approx. 40 hours on it a week. In reality, you can probably get by doing 4/5 hours a day. However, this is all dependant on how quick you pick up the concepts and whether you are very proficient with the english language. It also depends what course you choose, some are more demanding that others.

if you sacrifice the fun side of living in London (i.e., touristy stuff and socialising) then you should be able to do 20 hours work in additiont to your studies.

I'm quite surprised UoL colleges permit students to work 20 hours a week...
Prashant, this is basically a judgment call on how competent you think you are at holding down a job and a full-time course.

A university will expect you to treat your studies as a full-time job i.e., spending approx. 40 hours on it a week. In reality, you can probably get by doing 4/5 hours a day. However, this is all dependant on how quick you pick up the concepts and whether you are very proficient with the english language. It also depends what course you choose, some are more demanding that others.

if you sacrifice the fun side of living in London (i.e., touristy stuff and socialising) then you should be able to do 20 hours work in additiont to your studies.

I'm quite surprised UoL colleges permit students to work 20 hours a week...
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pratish
Cowboy, why are you surprised that UoL Colleges permits students to work 20 hours a week. It is a practice followed all across.

I will come to better only when I come there and start my course.
Cowboy, why are you surprised that UoL Colleges permits students to work 20 hours a week. It is a practice followed all across.

I will come to better only when I come there and start my course.
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It used to be lower, obviously it's been hiked up.
It used to be lower, obviously it's been hiked up.
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prashbez
Prashant, this is basically a judgment call on how competent you think you are at holding down a job and a full-time course.

A university will expect you to treat your studies as a full-time job i.e., spending approx. 40 hours on it a week. In reality, you can probably get by doing 4/5 hours a day. However, this is all dependant on how quick you pick up the concepts and whether you are very proficient with the english language. It also depends what course you choose, some are more demanding that others.

if you sacrifice the fun side of living in London (i.e., touristy stuff and socialising) then you should be able to do 20 hours work in additiont to your studies.

I'm quite surprised UoL colleges permit students to work 20 hours a week...


Thanks Cowboy. I actually have no intention of working 20 hours a week especially if I'm coming on my own/ borrowed funds to study. In a 1 year intensive course I'd rather spend my time studying for it and do well than trying to earn some extra money. The only reason I asked was that if I do take a substantial loan, I may just have to work in order to minimize costs.

FYI I'm fluent in English, so that won't be a problem. I also have 10 years work ex in similar areas of work as the subjects I'll be studying, so hopefully the concepts won;t be that tough to grasp. My course is a LLM in International Finance.

I suppose some amount of sacrifice will be required on borrowed funds. lol. I'm not too worried as long as I have my guitar and laptop with me. :))) I suppose it's actually a balancing act.

Cheers
Prash
<blockquote>Prashant, this is basically a judgment call on how competent you think you are at holding down a job and a full-time course.

A university will expect you to treat your studies as a full-time job i.e., spending approx. 40 hours on it a week. In reality, you can probably get by doing 4/5 hours a day. However, this is all dependant on how quick you pick up the concepts and whether you are very proficient with the english language. It also depends what course you choose, some are more demanding that others.

if you sacrifice the fun side of living in London (i.e., touristy stuff and socialising) then you should be able to do 20 hours work in additiont to your studies.

I'm quite surprised UoL colleges permit students to work 20 hours a week...</blockquote>

Thanks Cowboy. I actually have no intention of working 20 hours a week especially if I'm coming on my own/ borrowed funds to study. In a 1 year intensive course I'd rather spend my time studying for it and do well than trying to earn some extra money. The only reason I asked was that if I do take a substantial loan, I may just have to work in order to minimize costs.

FYI I'm fluent in English, so that won't be a problem. I also have 10 years work ex in similar areas of work as the subjects I'll be studying, so hopefully the concepts won;t be that tough to grasp. My course is a LLM in International Finance.

I suppose some amount of sacrifice will be required on borrowed funds. lol. I'm not too worried as long as I have my guitar and laptop with me. :))) I suppose it's actually a balancing act.

Cheers
Prash
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