I’m currently enrolled in a coursework + project masters. The choice of course was made at the time based on the fact I had no guaranteed position at the university, and felt that a full research masters would be less relevant if I went back to teaching. Now, though, I’m one semester in and have a permanent job on an academic classification. While my current course does allow entry to a PhD on completion, I’m starting to wonder if it would be of more direct relevance to switch to a full research degree. If I am being completely honest, the coursework component has felt a little like ticking boxes – I can’t say that I have really learned anything outside of basic research methods. Which is not the fault of the course since it’s not designed for people in my line of work, but has been frustrating nonetheless. The decision to switch courses is based on the fact that a full research program is more directly relevant to my career and allows me scope to develop as a researcher rather than just marking time (and carries no HECS…!), but the converse argument is that sticking w/ the current course will be faster and easier, so I can then get on with a doctorate.