MSc Education StudiesHeather Melville, UK

Tell us a bit about your background…
I’m from Cornwall and have worked in education in various roles as an administrator and teacher since I completed a BA in Education Studies and Modern History in 2011. I moved to Glasgow in 2017 and have been enjoying all of the wonderful opportunities that Glasgow has to offer.

What inspired you to study your course?
After completing an undergraduate degree several years ago and working full-time since then, I was really longing to return to academic study. With the help of the postgraduate student loan from SAAS I realised I would be able to study full-time, and so decided to apply.

What has been the highlight of your time at Strathclyde so far? 
There have been so many highlights! 

One highlight has been meeting and working with fellow students from all walks of life: that in itself has been an educational experience as I have found out about many different cultures and met so many interesting people. We have been able to share our experiences of education in these different nations, which has helped us to see how the theory we have learned applies in the real world.

Also, each of the modules on the course has provided new perspectives on education for me and I have thoroughly enjoyed and been inspired by each one.

The university facilities are great and there are many opportunities to get involved in student-life outside of studies, perhaps by joining a society or volunteering as a class rep.

What specialist knowledge/professional skills have you developed whilst studying the course?
While studying on the MSc I have greatly developed my knowledge of contemporary educational theory and social science research. I have been able to develop professional skills in many areas including communication and interpersonal skills.

What would be your advice for people considering taking this course? 
I would advise that this is a great course for anyone who is interested in education widely, whether or not their main aim is to work as a teacher. It’s also important to be prepared for intensive study as the year goes extremely quickly!

What have been the main challenges studying at postgraduate level?
The main challenge studying at postgraduate level has been the workload – as a postgraduate student the modules require in-depth study, usually into more than one area at the same time. Staying motivated and focused throughout the course is a challenge but with determination and a positive mind-set the work can be manageable and really enjoyable. It’s so satisfying to gain good results from all of your hard work and know you have developed so many invaluable skills in the process.

What do you think of the support available?
The lecturers, supervisors and professional services we have come into contact with on the course have been extremely supportive: always willing to support and advise on anything from study skills and how to be successful in assignments to future career options.

What are your ambitions for the future?
I have been really inspired by this course to continue with academic studies and so I am hoping to continue on to PhD study. I feel this course has given me a foundation from which to now continue putting in the hard work, to expand my knowledge and skills and to further my career in education, in whichever direction that may take.