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  1. Jun 30, 2016 #1
    I'm currently doing my Bachelor of Physics in Italy, my projects for the future are to apply for a MSc in Physics in some good European universities in Germany or in the UK. (Just to say, I was thinking about München or London).

    Unfortunately I'm not sure I will be able to end my studies in the expected time (3 academic years) but probably will end in the middle or at the late beginning of a extra year.

    My question is: is a "not - in - time" degree (with like some months of delay) something looked very badly from (especially european) universities?

    The marks I'm acheiving are quite good and in my view that would be something more important than a delay in the degree but I'm not an expert of the usual selection criteria.

    So is a delay in the degree taken in to consideration or even not looked at by universities? In the case it is something important, is it more important than marks and degree final mark?

    Thanks for your advices
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  3. Jul 1, 2016 #2


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    I can't answer specific to European universities. In North America, it's not a big deal. Most schools look at your cumulative or field-specific grade point average. Few, if any, asses applicants via grade point velocity.

    The only caveate to this is that the reason for the delay can play a larger role. If you take extra time because you have to hold down a job as an undergrad, have family responsibilities, are involved in a competitive sport, or are otherwise doing something productive, it's all good. On the other hand, you're expected to accomplish a lot in graduate school. If the only way you can do well is by avoiding a standard course load that's a potential flag. Even that is not a game-limiting factor though - just something you should personally take time to assess so you can decide if you can be successful in an environment with increased demands.
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