Melody House Gender Studies student

Melody House

South Africa

MSc Applied Gender Studies

Tell us a bit about your background…
I come from Johannesburg, South Africa and completed my undergraduate degree (a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Art) at the University of the Witwatersrand. Coming to Glasgow and undertaking an MSc was a bit daunting, but I am very pleased I took the leap.

What inspired you to continue in higher education?
Universities are such great environments for thinking, and I have always loved learning and challenging myself intellectually. My time in my undergraduate degree was very fulfilling, and after being out of it for two years I really missed it. I still have so much to learn, so why stop now!

Why did you choose to study at the University of Strathclyde?
Gender studies is quite a niche degree that is not widely available yet. I heard about the course from Professor Karen Boyle, the course director for Applied Gender Studies at Strathclyde. After having looked at what the course entailed, and comparing it the other options, it was clear that Strathclyde had one of the best options on offer. My choice was very easy.

Did you seek any support during the application process?
I spoke to many people in the international and admissions offices as well as Professor Boyle throughout the application process. They were all exceptionally helpful. I never waited long for a reply and all were very willing to offer advice and help where needed.

What has been the highlight of your time at Strathclyde so far?
It has been great being back in a University environment. Besides my course, the highlights have been the library facilities and all the events I have attended. I particularly love the Feminist Research Network lectures and the Feminist Reading Group.

What would be your advice for people considering taking the course at Strathclyde?
I would recommend this course to everyone, it is challenging, thought provoking, and engaging. If you are unsure about anything, just email someone and get in touch.

What have been your main challenges at university, and how did you overcome them?
Having been out of Higher Education for two years, it was a challenge getting back into the style of academic writing. Thankfully the university made a Royal Literary Fund Associate available for consultation to help improve writing. I have gone to see her a number of times now and it has really helped.

What do you think of the support available during your course?
It’s fantastic, everyone is friendly and happy to help with any issues and questions. I have never felt like I can’t get help or advice for something.

What are your ambitions for the future?
I want to stay in academia. After my MSc I will move on to a PhD and hopefully go on to work in academia from there.

Do you have any other thoughts or advice that you would like to share on your course?
It is a brilliant course. I would advise anyone considering taking it to really take advantage of what it has to offer and take part in as many extra events and activities as you can.