Sunday, 24 March 2013

Yet More plans

Well its that time of the year when one contemplates what one will be doing in the future. As anyone involved in this OU lark will know this is a perpetual problem. Matters not being helped by the fact that the OU seems to be engaged in a perpetual revision of their courses and the fee structure changing etc. Anyway my immediate plans after my current  OU courses have finished are

Oct 2013 - June 2014    M381 Number theory and logic and the quantum entanglement project

Oct 2014 - June 2015    Third level Philosophy course

This will complete my second Open degree which has concentrated on mathematics and philosophy after I have decided to discount Topology as I only got grade 4

In the meantime I have opened up my third :) Open degree with my current OU course in Music and I intend to do at least another third level course in Music and the new third level pure maths course M303 that is due to start in October 2014 but I will probably do it in October 2015.

After that I shall (finally) embark on the maths MSc at one course per year

However there is lots of other stuff for me to do.  I want to get piano lessons at the end of June and embark on the grade exams, Hopefully at least 1 a year and maybe 1 every 6 months after again I finally get started.
Also grade 5 - 8 theory in the next year or two so that I can start the OCA compositon courses

with the aim in the next 5 years or so of completing those and hopefully up to grade 5 or 6 piano,

Finally in the long term I haven't given up my hopes of doing a philosophy MA but I think the only reasonable way to do it is via St Davids

This means focusing on Continental philosophy rather than my favourite branch Analytic philosophy but this does not look feasible as the fees for part time postgraduate study at Edinburgh University are circa £4000 a year and rising. Whereas my budget is about £2000 a year and St Davids seem to have the price correct.
The easy option would be to do the OU MA in philosophy but the focus of that is social and political not really my thing. With St Davids I would at least get to understand the background to say the relationship between Schopenhauer, Nietszche and Wagner, or the ideas of the Frankfurt school especially Adorno on a critical approach to Music. Then possibly onto a Phd which take me close to seventy. Then this education lark might finally be over. I'm hoping also that the break between June and September will give me time to get back into my big bang calculation with the aim of finishing that by end 2014 Watch this space.


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