I am doing a 9-month master's program in physics at a very top UK university. However, after completing the first two semesters, I found myself very unhappy with the program itself. I don't feel like I enjoy my life here as I really need to spend almost all of my time studying for the exams and writing my essays. I also got quite frustrated as I failed my January exam (the exam is the only way they evaluate you). I still have a chance to pass the course and eventually get a decent grade when I graduate, but that requires an even higher amount of effort and time commitment.
I am thinking about dropping out of the program, not because I'm not motivated in the subject (I'm still really passionate about theoretical physics), but just because the program is so intense that makes me unhappy. My question is will there be bad consequences in terms of my academic journey if I decide to leave my current master's program? I honestly don't know if I will be able to get my degree in the end because the course has been so challenging. So I don't know which of the consequences: 1). Drop out from the program and leave. and 2). Continue the program but eventually have an unpleasant result. will cause less harm if I still want to pursue a career in physics.
Thanks for the help!