For Emily, receiving a Postgraduate Taught Scholarship for her MA Language and Communication Research has enabled her to stay in the city she loves and contribute to the community alongside her postgraduate studies.
Can you tell us a little bit about the programme in your own words?
“MA Language and Communication Research is a taught masters which teaches us the essential qualitative and quantitative research skills to conduct research projects in the field of communications. It is a stepping stone towards doing a PHD.”
What did the Postgraduate Taught Scholarship mean to you?
“I have studied English Language and Communication for the past three years, so doing this particular Masters has meant I can carry on studying a field I am really interested and enthusiastic about. It is furthering my research skills to enable me to conduct research projects in the future.”
Have you been able to secure funding from other places, how else are you supporting your studies?
“I am a student warden in Talybont North which means my accommodation fees are subsidised. The JobShop has also been really helpful in giving me the opportunity to earn some extra money to live on.”
What were your motivations for undertaking a postgraduate degree?
“I loved my Undergraduate years at Cardiff University and also enjoyed the subject. I felt that I wasn’t ready to leave university and I thought gaining a Masters’ degree would help my employability in the future.”
Why did you decide to do your postgraduate degree at Cardiff?
“I studied at Cardiff University during my Undergraduate degree and loved it! The course sounded perfect and Cardiff University were also offering scholarships.”
Is there anything about your postgraduate course that has stood out in your experience?
“It’s great having the opportunity to go to research seminars to hear about new research from leading scholars in the Language and Communication field. I’ve also enjoyed having the chance to keep volunteering with Student Volunteering Cardiff (SVC).”
What do you think of Cardiff as a place to live as a postgraduate?
“Cardiff is a great place to live. It’s a capital city so there’s always exciting things going on but without the busyness and cost of London. There are beautiful parks, great shops and restaurants – everywhere is walking distance too! ”
How do you think your postgraduate course will contribute to your future career plans?
“I am hoping that my Masters will show employers that I have good analytic and research skills. It will also develop my knowledge of the Communications field which will be an asset in any communications or PR company!”
Has studying for a postgraduate degree at Cardiff University lived up to your expectations?
“I thought I knew what to expect as I was an undergraduate here but Cardiff still manages to surprise me. I feel really supported here and there’s a good student network around me. It’s great to know there are lots of graduate events here, as well as academic events open to me too.”
What are your biggest achievements as a postgraduate student at Cardiff University so far?
“So far, I would say managing to keep up with my deadlines! I’m also proud to be a trustee for the largest student-led charity in Wales – Student Volunteering Cardiff (SVC).”
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