MSc Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies Jennifer Banks, USA

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

The University of Strathclyde was the only institution I found at the time to offer a MSc in Genealogy.  This particular degree program had been recommended on the Association of Professional Genealogists email list.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

I enjoyed the breadth of experience gained through completing assignments pertaining to a wide variety of geographical locations and time periods while also engaging in significant research projects in which I explored a particular area in more depth.

What advice would you give to a prospective student coming to study your course?

I would advise prospective students not to be intimidated by the prospect of graduate-level work in the field of genealogy.  The faculty at Strathclyde was extremely supportive.  It was clear that everyone I worked with wanted me to be successful.  The program has enough flexibility built in to allow for adjustments to pacing of coursework should students find their situation has changed regarding time that can be spent on coursework. 

What specialist knowledge/professional skills have you developed studying your course?

Skills of data analysis and writing have been significantly enhanced as a result of this course. 

How is your course helping to enhance your current career and prepare you for your future career?

The ability to claim an MSc from Strathclyde provides immediate respect and lends widely recognized credibility to my resume as a professional genealogist. 

What are your ambitions for the future and how do you think your time at Strathclyde will help you achieve your goals?

I plan to engage in substantive employment within the field of genealogy.  The skills and experience gained while studying with The University of Strathclyde provide a strong foundation for this endeavour.