Wethaka has just completed our MSc Information Management. Here they tell us about their experience of the course, and life in Glasgow as an international student.
My name is Fern, and I came from Thailand to Glasgow to pursue my academic path. I have recently graduated from the MSc Information Management course at the University of Strathclyde, and I will start my career in the UK soon as an Analyst. I am passionate about information and enjoy exploring new data technologies. I am pleased I chose the University of Strathclyde as a place to study.
Choosing a masters at Strathclyde
I chose to continue onto the Masters degree because it allowed me to gain new experiences and develop my specialities. It also meant I could enhance my research skills, which is advantageous, particularly as it can help me to discover new ideas and work independently. I think a postgraduate degree will provide me with many opportunities for future careers.
I like the style of teaching at Strathclyde because it is comprehensive and practical. The course modules met my needs and there were many group projects, which I believe enhanced my team-working skills. Strathclyde also has high graduate employability rates, and the location is perfect. Glasgow is an international hub and there are plenty of opportunities to discover new cultures and meet new friends.
About the course
The Information Management course was very practical for me. We had a lot of group projects which familiarised us with real working scenarios. The course covers both business and computer science aspects, which were well blended by the department.
What I liked the most was a group coding session which allowed students to share ideas and get to know others as well as create connections. I had no previous experience in coding and have learnt a lot throughout the course with support from friends and professors. I had many opportunities to develop my coding skills, from in-class practice sessions to a dissertation. I enjoyed it very much and can see the improvement in myself from the start to the end of the course. I am now competent with a language for data analytics such as Python.
In the future I would like to work as an Analyst which requires many skills relating to data analysis, information management, and business. The course covered them all, and it enhanced my skills a lot through both individual and group tasks. There are many professionals from different fields who come to Strathclyde to study, so I also learnt different insights from my classmates. It created connections and developed not only the academic skills, but also soft skills including management, group-working and organisational skills, which can all help me prepare for my future career.
I would highly recommend anyone wanting to come and study in the UK to choose Glasgow and Strathclyde.
Living & studying in Glasgow
Living here in Glasgow is enjoyable for me. I met a lot of friends from other countries, and I had many chances to explore art and culture, including museums, theatre and gigs. My favourite thing about Glasgow is the cuisine, there are tons of great, affordable restaurants around the city. I love the Thai restaurants here because it makes me feel like home. I also found myself getting used to the rain, it won’t ever bother me again!
I love cycling and running around the city. Glasgow is a cyclist-friendly city and there are bike lanes which make it a lot safer. I often ride a bike to Queen’s Park which is my favourite park and there are plenty of cafés nearby for me to chat with friends or study.
Glasgow is convenient to commute to other amazing places such as Edinburgh and Loch Lomond. I love hiking and always find a chance to visit hills. It doesn’t take long to drive to Loch Lomond and there are many hills to climb around there with an amazing view.
I would highly recommend anyone wanting to come and study in the UK to choose Glasgow and Strathclyde. Studying here can prepare students for real working scenarios, and the University is in the city centre which is full of art and culture. I am so sure that you will find it attractive and enjoyable when you come and live here!
Studying here can prepare students for real working scenarios, and the University is in the city centre which is full of art and culture.