LLM or trying for a PhD?

That is the question. I have a confirmed unconditional offer for the LLM at Leeds Beckett starting in September this year. It costs around £3.750 per year, lasts two years and will get me a Masters of Laws. I could then try and build on the topic of the master’s thesis in a PhD, provided I find a topic that motivates me for some years to come and find a university that accepts me. The alternative is to work on a PhD proposal about identity building fo women in their 50s and find a university that accepts the proposal and offers me a place. Currently a part-time PhD costs around £2.500 per year and takes around 6 years.

One could wonder why I want to do this….I like reading, learning, exploring topics. The statistics and AI/data mining courses I am currently doing on Futurelearn will help me to use/opt for quantitative research. While qualitative research is fascinating, I am quite sure I don’t want to do a huge number of interviews but would rather use quanitative methods or document research as the data source for my research project.

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