Why do a Masters Degree?

A masters degree is definitely an asset to your qualifications, as well as your future future professional employment.

But what is a Masters degree?

We’ve heard about it since we were little ones, either from cousins, from aunts and uncles, from older siblings, or at school.

Its definition describes it as an academic degree, which is granted to individ
uals
 who have undergone a study demonstrating a mastery, or a high-order overview of a specific field of study, or area of professional practice.

In other words, it is a degree which is given to those who have firstly completed their undergraduate studies and it highlights in which exactly area the person has specialized in.

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Reasons for doing a Master’s Degree :

You Need to Get More Prepared For Your Field

Earning a Masters Degree can be an advantage to your preparation of your chosen field. A Masters program allows you to specialise in your given area of interest and this will greatly increase your knowledge and expertise.

Moreover, there is a lot of competition among candidates for employment these days, so employers are more likely to prefer a person that already has a higher level of knowledge in their field, than someone without that extra qualification. 

You Like Going to Uni

It may sound weird but yes, a lot of people out there love going to uni for many reasons. Uni enables people to continue their education, gain fantastic professional and personal experiences, and to make friends with people from around the world. Plus, they still continue having the student discount at the shops. Uni life is awesome!

You Want to Love your Occupation

A master’s degree offers clarity, depth and focus to what you love and so helps you to discover your dream job much more quickly. Whether you like it or not, you have to spend a great deal of your life working, so why not do something you love?

You Want to be Distinct 

You can complete a masters whilst you’re already working and in doing so, you can greatly increase your chances to further your career. Earning a masters degree while working in a company can show your high levels of motivation and make you eligible for advancement opportunities.

You Can Re-Direct Your Career Path

For those of you that are dissatisfied with their degree choices, or that feel they are in the wrong career,  a masters degree gives you the opportunity to change your career path and receive an education in a new, different field. Moreover, with a masters degree you can make a tone of combinations; for example Law with Business, Fashion with Photography, Art with Textiles and so on!

Definitely Worth it ! 

Summing up all the above, I can truly say that the accomplishment of a masters degree makes all the effort and time it takes completely worth it. One should be sure about their choice of postgraduate studies, because a masters degree  is a specialized sector of a particular field of studies – so a frivolous choice could bring unfortunate results!10524622_1012368022129010_172003392903752375_n.jpg

 Good luck to everyone who is getting prepared for their postgraduate applications!

Languages for all – Portfolio course

Ever wanted to study a language but never got round to it? Already speak a few languages and want to get another under your belt? Well then why not take a Languages for all course! This blog will focus on the language portfolio course, as I know that Sharmila has already written a great blog focusing on language express.

What is Languages for all?

The Languages for all programme offers all University of Essex students the opportunity to learn a language alongside their degree. Any course is absolutely free for one year!

Differences between language express and language portfolio courses?

I currently study German on the language portfolio course. Language portfolio is an online course; I get weekly lessons assigned to me, all taking around 2-3 hours. I log in through my Moodle account and my German module is linked up to Rosetta Stone software that I work from. There is also the option of the language express course, this is taught through one evening class a week (usually 6-8pm). The language express course is more structured due to it being a taught class, but I like that I can do my German lessons any day of the week.

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What languages can I do?

The languages that are available vary depending on campus and course.

Colchester:

Language Express – Arabic, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, or Spanish.

Language Portfolio – French, German, or Spanish.

Southend:

Language Express – French, German, or Spanish.

Loughton:

Language Express – French (beginners only)

When do I do it?

Language portfolio can be done any day of the week. I recommended splitting each lesson over a few nights as this will help you remember it (it’s Psychology I swear). Your tutor will check your progression on your Rosetta stone profile, but it’s not just to check up on you! My tutor will often email me offering advice on a topic she can see I have found difficult, or just congratulating me on getting the work done every week.

 

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You will have an initial assessment to establish your level and then your language lecturer will develop a tailor-made learning programme for you. During this session you will also be given a headset to use during your lessons –  don’t worry, you don’t have to talk to anyone, it’s just to test your pronunciation! I still haven’t quite got my German accent perfected! The initial induction session also gives you the chance to meet your lecturer and learn how to use the Rosetta Stone software

Is it hard?

If you split the work, then no. I would say that the only difficult part is fitting it in when you have a busy week, but half an hour here and there all adds up and helps to get it done.

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Are there exams?

There are two assessments for the Language portfolio course. One test is a written test that takes part in the first term (hopefully I did well!) and one is an oral test that you do in the second term. Your lessons on Rosetta stone are also taken into account, but you can revisit these whenever you like. Both the assessments and the portfolio will consist of different tasks designed to determine your overall language proficiency in different areas of language learning.

What if I want to do more than a year?

All students are entitled to one fully-subsidised Languages for All module alongside their degree course regardless of their year of study. If you would like to learn more than one language on your first year with LfA, or continue learning in subsequent years then a fee is payable, for 2015-16 this was £250 per module.

What do I get from it?

Not quite a trophy, but if you pass your course it will be written on your transcript. Language skills also greatly improve your employability. When I was looking into learning a language, I was surprised to learn that companies in the UK are struggling to find graduates who can speak more than one language, resulting in a yearly financial loss of £48 billion.

So learning a language could really help your CV shine.

Applications for Languages for all are closed for this academic year, they will reopen just before the next academic year. More information can be found here.

Tschuss!

Applying for Accommodation after your Year Abroad

Hi again!

As you are most likely to know, I am currently on my year abroad in Melbourne, Australia. Recently, I have had to think about where I am going to live at the University of Essex when I return to England for my final year. The options are to live on campus, rent a house or flat with friends, or house share with others.

My preference is to live on campus, as it is close by to everything and bills are included with the price, which I feel makes things a lot easier. I applied for accommodation on campus in August 2015 and have recently been emailed saying that I have a room, which I am very happy about! In the application I had to rank the campus accommodation from what I would like the most to the least and I find out exactly what accommodation I am offered around March/April time.

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When applying for accommodation on campus after your year abroad, you are put next in line after the first year students joining the campus, which I think is a great opportunity, although it is not guaranteed.

However, if you have friends also studying abroad at the same time, then you can organise a house or flat together. An easy way to do this with no extra fees would be through Student Lets. They are a student estate agents on campus who are very helpful and you can tell them exactly what you are looking for e.g. number of bedrooms, bills included or not included, furnished or unfurnished and they will do their best to find a property for you. If you plan on living with friends who are still studying at the University of Essex, then maybe they would be happy to look around the accommodation for you with Student Lets and let you know what it is like so you can make a decision. So, if you do not want to risk not getting a place on campus then this would probably be the best choice.

Here is the Student Lets web link if you are interested! https://www.essex.ac.uk/accommodation/support/student_lets.aspx

I would recommend looking into accommodation for when you return as soon as possible, in order to get what you are looking for. Usually houses and flats become available for the next uni term around January time, so just keep checking with Student Lets when they are available! If you plan to apply on campus then make sure you meet the deadline and rank what order you would like to live in each on campus accommodation type.

Good luck with any applications! 🙂

 

Travel on a student budget

All students want to take a break from their studies. A trip is necessary immediately after the end of each academic year, but holidays take some saving for!

Let’s look at some tips and ways that students can save money and enjoy some amazing holidays based on a student budget. It might seem to be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be necessarily.

  1. Try to save a bit of money each month

Whether you are going to withdraw money from a cashpoint, or you’re doing some shopping, make sure you save an amount of money at the end of the month (even if you’ve only managed £20.00!) Without noticing, it will increase your efforts of creating a travel budget!

  1. Regulate your expenses

Try not to buy food and drink brands. These are more expensive than the supermarket’s products such as rice, juice, bread pasta and so on. You also have the choice to avoid going out to eat; why not invite all your friends over and cook together, and each of you could contribute a different ingredient to save on costs! You can find delicious, simple and nutritious recipes at https://uk.pinterest.com/uniessex/student-healthy-recipes-and-nutritious-tips/

  1. Estimate costs

Make estimations about the expenses of your trip and try to align it with your income. Try writing your income and your current expenses and then write how much your trip would; seeing it on paper will help you to work out how much you need to save and what costs you could cut down on to help.

  1. Earn some income

Start searching for job opportunities, preferably part time ones because you don’t want to lose control of your studies. You can either use the university’s page, signup to receive emails for vacant job positions, or simply go and ask somewhere you think you are able to work. Don’t be shy, you know you really need this vacation! Moreover, job experience can be a plus on your CV.

  1. Sell something

You can sell your old books, clothes, anything that is clearly unnecessary to you.

  1. Decrease your purchases

I know it’s hard, but this can save you money. When you are going for a walk to the shops, ask yourself ‘Do I really need this?’. If you don’t, then don’t buy it!

  1. Try to reduce your utility bills

Keep the heating low and wear jumpers! Open the windows instead of using the air-conditioner (in the summer months) and don’t leave the tap on whilst you aren’t using the water.

  1. Do your beauty treatments on your own

If you are a girl, do your waxing, eyebrows, manicure and pedicure by yourself and avoid going to a beautician.  This will save you more money!

  1. Cut down on drinking

Paying for drinks in clubs can be costly, so it is up to you to lower your alcohol intake. It will save you money and it is good for your health too!

  1. Exercise cheaply

Search on the internet for the cheapest gym that is nearby.  Thus, you will save money and you will not be deprived of your daily exercise! Alternatively, you could go for a run for free!

  1. Walk

If you’re running late, then a bus is necessary! But if not,  walk to lectures and enjoy some fresh air and pretty scenery, whilst saving your money!

  1. Are your plans realistic?

If your budget doesn’t correspond to the expenses of your desired trip, then change destination. Some cheap options are:

  • Amsterdam
  • Cyprus
  • Greece (including Greek islands too: Rhodes, Crete, Andros, Antiparos, Kalymnos etc!)
  • Prague
  • Malta

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Good luck saving, I’m sure the holiday will be worth it!

Stuff to do in the local area whilst you’re at Uni! (Colchester campus)

Other than being a part of a society or a sports team and all of the other amazing stuff you can do on campus, there’s loads of stuff to do off campus as well. The town of Colchester has loads to do and London is not far away at all!

Especially if you live on campus, it can be quite nice to get out once in a while and explore the local area! Here’s a little snapshot of what the area has to offer, featuring some of my personal favourites…

Jump Street

Recently, Colchester got it’s very own trampoline park; Jump Street. For those of you who don’t know what a trampoline park is, it’s basically an enclosed area full of trampolines. There’s areas to practise your flips and tricks safely, basketball nets to perfect a steller slam dunk, dodgeball courts, and areas where you can jump to your hearts content! They also offer fitness classes, if you fancy a workout session with a difference! It’s the perfect place to hang out with your mates and let off a bit of steam! I went to Jump Street last year and it was brilliant fun! I can’t wait to find an excuse to go back again soon!

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London

The capital is only an hour away by train, meaning that there are loads of opportunities on your doorstep. From taking a look at one of the many free museums, to seeing the city’s many sights, there’s loads of stuff to! Being a drama student, when I’m in London I love going to the theatre and in particular, the Royal Court Theatre and the National Theatre. These theatres not only offer generous student discounts, but also generally produce really good and interesting plays. However, if West End musicals are more your thing, then it’s worth checking out the tkts box office in Leicester Square, when you first arrive in London. There, you’ll find day tickets available for prices which are often heavily discounted!

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A photo of me and a few of my friends from my course on a recent theatre trip to the Royal Court theatre to see Caryl Churchill’s new play “Escaped Alone”

Colchester Zoo

Colchester zoo is one of the top zoos in the country for animal conservation and also boasts a huge range of animals. Whether it’s the penguins or the giraffes that take your fancy, the zoo is well worth a visit! There’s enough there to make a whole day of it with over 270 animal species on show and displays going on throughout the day. If you love animals, then this will be right up your street!

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Wivenhoe

Just down the road from the Colchester campus is the peaceful town of Wivenhoe. Sitting on the River Colne, the town is perfect for a Sunday roast in one of the many pubs. In particular, the Wivenhoe trail, which runs along the River Colne from the Colchester campus to Wivenhoe, makes for a wonderful walk, especially in the summer months!wivenhoe

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So, as you can see, life is pretty sweet for us here! Why not try some of this yourself?!

Living in the University Quays

Hey there, I thought today I would tell you a bit about the university accommodation I lived in, since choosing your accommodation is one of the most important decisions you make before coming to university.

You might have heard that the Towers are supposed to be a very lively accommodation for people who don’t mind the occasional party, and maybe that the South Courts are a more quiet choice for people who value the comfort of having their own bathroom.

But what about the University Quays?

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I lived in Saint Quays while in my first and second year and can tell you, despite it being an “off campus” university accommodation, you will definitely not miss out on social life there. You can get to know your flat mates before even moving in by joining the according Facebook group which can be found on the university’s Quays accommodation website (click here).

My flat was shared by six people from various backgrounds, which I feel is a great size, as I would mostly meet someone in the kitchen to have a chat with if I wanted to, but I still had enough personal space. I experienced a great community feeling among Quays residents, which is supported by frequent activities organised by the resident assistants, like a pumpkin carving competition or cinema trips.

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Campus is only a 15 minutes’ walk away and crossing the (legendary) bridge each morning with your mates is definitely a bonding moment (if that isn’t for you, you can take the 61 bus which runs every 20 minutes directly to campus and to the town centre).

If you are not sure how to approach new people there, simply ask them what they think about “The Bridge” which is a perfect conversation starter 😉

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Going on a night out on campus is definitely no problem, since there is a safety bus run by the Student Union which will take you home afterwards. Also, the Quays have the great advantage of being situated right next to Dominoes and a Subway, which always proved to be a life saver for me when I just couldn’t wait ages for a takeaway to arrive!

Besides the nearby fast food outlets, the Quays are home to a few feathered friends which are either casually relaxing in the middle of the pathway, or giving a vocal performance outside your window – but they are really adorable!

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The Quays are not only cheaper than the South Courts and the Meadows, but even have bigger rooms and bathrooms! Don’t be overwhelmed by the space and the standardised furniture, you can simply personalise your room with a few hacks!

Before arriving, I printed off photos of my friends, my family and my pets, which I pasted on the walls the evening I moved in – blue tack (or better white tack) will be your friend here! Be creative: arrange them in a heart shape, as a big collage with differently sized photos, or create patterns all over your wall. Alternatively you can strain a string and attach your photos on it with clothes pegs.

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I also adopted a little room plant which is a perfect way to create a homely atmosphere in your room; at the beginning of the year there will be a fair on the squares offering flowers, cactuses and other leaf plants, so I highly recommend you to have a look there!

The bed will be the centre piece of your room so make yourself comfortable; dress your bedding with some nice bed linen, add a throw over and as many cushions as you like – welcome to your sleeping paradise!

Never underestimate the impact of good lighting! I really appreciated that, besides the ceiling light, the Quays’ rooms provide an over-desk lamp, which helps you focus on your reading. There’s also a dimmed lamp above the bed, which creates a more comfortable atmosphere in the evening.

In fact, I believe you can never have enough comfortable lighting, so I loooove fairy lights which are very affordable and pretty!

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Looking back to my time in the Quays, I remember long chats in the kitchen, the obligatory Wednesday noon fire alarm test (don’t worry, they are normal for all accommodations) and walks on the beautiful Wivenhoe trail, which lies directly behind the Quays.

Finally I can only say, come and experience it yourself – it will be worth it!

Talk to you soon! Sabrina xx

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My First Scuba Diving and Skydiving Experience

Hi again!

Throughout January I was travelling the East Coast of Australia with a group of 10 people that are also all studying in Oz. We  rented two cars and went over a space of three and a half weeks.

The thing that most stood out to me was scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef, which I was very nervous about, but it was amazing! I ended up loving it and would definitely do it again.

We went on a boat trip from Cairns and they provided all of the equipment for snorkelling and diving. I have never scuba dived before, but they taught us everything we needed to know for the dive. We learnt some basic skills under water and then we were ready to go. There were loads of fish I’d never seen before, such as clownfish, and we also saw a huge clam! The coral was amazing, but we had to be careful where we stood and what we touched as the Great Barrier Reef is slowly dying out. It is one of the seven wonders of the world so I am really glad that I got the chance to go!

We also went skydiving at Mission Beach. I was actually less nervous than I was for the scuba dive. We woke up very early in the morning to do it and everyone was really nervous! Once we got kitted up we went up in the plane and could see how high we were getting. Before we knew it, we were jumping out of the plane. It was an amazing experience and we got to see some cool things from up above. It was a strange feeling, but was no where near as scary as I thought it would be!

I can’t believe how amazing this experience has been so far, you should definitely try it too!

Colchester Campus secrets!

Okay so if you’re a prospective student, you may think you know the campus inside and out. You’ve read the prospectus from cover to cover and had the open day experience. However that only covers the basics. What you don’t discover is all of the secrets of campus, which you only find out through being a student here.

But as I’m nice, I’m going to share a few of them to you…

Campus Cat

We actually have a celebrity on campus among our students and staff. Her name is Pebbles, or more commonly known as the Campus Cat. This little feline chose the Tony Rich Teaching Centre as its home, after leaving her home in nearby Greenstead! She has gone on to amass over 5000 likes on Facebook and has even been featured in the Times Higher Education guide. Students love to pet her in between lectures and get selfies with her…

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Paternoster lift

At the Albert Sloman library we have an extraordinary way to travel between floors. The library is home to one of only three surviving Paternoster lifts in the country! It’s basically an elevator which continually moves really slowly, meaning that you have to jump on and off of the lift. It’s quite hard to explain really, so just look at the below video! It’s a really cool thing, despite it being a bit weird to get used to at first.

Lakeside Café

Whilst the vast majority of students prefer to go to our Starbucks outlet in the SU bar to get their Coffee fix, I think the Lakeside Café is much better! Hot drinks here are among the cheapest and best tasting on campus, plus if you visit between 8 am and 11 am during the week, you can get a hot drink and a pastry for £1.75! Brilliant for if you’re just popping to the Library next door, or if you’re just heading off to a lecture in the nearby Ivor Crewe Lecture hall!

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Secret Garden

Located behind Square 3, the Secret Garden is a relaxed oasis behind the hustle and bustle of campus. In the summer, there are outdoor movie screenings here, as well as visiting dogs to relieve stress during the summer exam period. If nobody had told you it was there, you could walk right past it easily every day for years on your way to lectures. If you want a peak at where it is, then take a look at from the viewing platform to the left of Happy Days.

 

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Secret entrance to SU bar

The majority of the University is constructed around 5 main squares, which are all linked together. This often means that you can get lost quite easily trying to find your teaching rooms at first! You can also start off looking for a room on one side of campus and end up on the entirely opposite side! However, this does mean that among this maze, there are some pretty cool shortcuts to be found!

One of my personal favourites is the secret entrance to the SU bar, which is located down the Law corridor, past Lab J. It is also just down the corridor from one of my teaching rooms, so it’s easy to nip off to the bar after class! This completely blew my mind when I first found out that this door existed, as there are no signs saying that the entrance is there or what is beyond the door! It felt a lot like the moment when the children enter the room with the chocolate river in the film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”!

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Piano rooms

As well as the secret SU bar entrance, another secret of the University amongst the maze of corridors is the piano rooms. These are rooms that cannot be booked and are available for students to practise in whenever they like. Now, if only I could play the piano…

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Frisbee golf course

The University is also home to 18 of these funny metal structures, which are dotted all over campus. On campus tours in the past, I’ve heard people calling them bike racks and bins, however they are in fact all holes on a Frisbee golf course! The course is one of only a handful in the country and takes in the green areas of campus, including a hole which players have to throw the disc over a lake. As a result, the University regularly holds the European and World Championships in disc golf. The photo below is of Danish player Jens Bak at the 2012 European championships playing a hole next to the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall!

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Although I haven’t got round to having a go at the course yet, I look forward to having a go in the summer when the weather is that bit nicer! Discs and maps of the course are available to hire from the University Sports centre reception.

So now you know all these secrets, go explore and check them all out! However, don’t tell anyone I told you 😉

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The benefits of going to University

Better future job prospects

When employers are looking through applicants CV’s, someone with a bachelor degree or higher is more likely to get a job than someone who does not. However, it is not always about the degree or grade, it is also about the extra-curricular activities that you take part in.

For example, the Big Essex Award is put on your transcript and being a member of sports clubs or societies shows employers that you have other skills that are needed for the job.

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Below are just some of the things that uni has to offer:

 

Meet new people

At University you will make so many new friends who are from different countries and have different backgrounds. For example, the University of Essex has 12,000 international students from over 130 different countries. You will learn so much more about the world by speaking to new people and hearing about their experiences. You can also gain useful networks for the future. Friends that you make at University you can have for life, whether they are from your course, sports team, or society, or if you live with them then they become more like family!

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Gain independence

A lot of students move away from home, where they are used to having their cooking, food shopping, washing and cleaning done for them. However, when moving to uni you have to learn these skills. It is all about time and money management. You have to find time to do these jobs during the week in between studying and socialising, and manage your money well so you still have enough to survive by the end of the year!

Also, unlike school or college, that you attend for set periods of time and get a lot of help and guidance from teachers, at uni you become more independent and arrange your own study time. Outside of lectures and classes you have a lot of free time and this has to be split between studying and socialising, making sure that you have enough studying time to meet deadlines and revise for any exams.

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Finding new interests

At university there are such a wide range of extra curricular activities. It could be learning a language, playing a new sport or joining a society. Finding a new interest is great because it could be something that you can add to your CV and it can make you stand out more to employers. Aside from this it is a great break from studying and a way to meet new people by doing something that you enjoy.

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Those are just a couple of reasons, but if you have the feeling that you would enjoy uni, then go for it!

Life as a Postgraduate Student at Essex

Being a postgraduate student can sometimes mean that everything starts from the beginning, especially when a gap year has elapsed. After choosing the university at which you are about to continue your further studies, and after all the application procedures are finally sorted, the acceptance letter arrives and you are finally relieved of your stress – phew!

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But your brain comes up with new worries – how is it to be a postgraduate student at Essex? Will I like the new environment? Will the new campus be like the previous one? How will the teaching staff be? How is the teaching process? How are the people there?

The University of Essex can be ideal for those who want to further their studies. There is indeed a wide range of masters, both taught and research, that candidates can choose from.  The facilities that are offered are convenient and suitable for a student use. Moreover, postgraduate students can choose to study online by choosing one of the qualified Online Distance Learning Masters, which can be equivalent to a degree that has been completed at the university’s premises. The candidates can choose between: MBA programs, masters degrees in business online and masters degrees in health online.

Not only this, but the below lists just some of the benefits of doing your postgraduate study at Essex:

The New Postgraduate Study Room

A new section in the Albert Sloman’s Library ground floor has been especially created for the postgraduate students. This additional section is a spacious, modern and quiet study room, including desks and seats for the students. It is exactly opposite the lift, just any case the students want to move to another floor. You have to scan your student card to enter and exit the room, as it is strictly permitted to be used by postgraduates only.

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Postgraduate and Mature Students’ Common Room

This is a meeting space for all graduate students from across the University. Its location is room 5. 401 and it is easily accessible from the Mathematics entrance off Square 2. The students can enjoy comfortable, informal seating, there are tea and coffee facilities, a microwave and newspapers which are delivered daily.

 

‘’Ask a Postgraduate’’ scheme

The ‘’Ask a Postgraduate’’ scheme is available to provide the prospective and current postgraduate students the opportunity to ask current postgraduate students questions and also to discuss issues about the life and the experience of studying at Essex.

It is most likely that once you arrive at Essex as a postgraduate student, feeling like a completely new student at the university, you will have questions related to several aspects of your studies here and about the university (teaching procedure, accommodation payment process, dissertation guidance and tips and advice in general).

This is the best opportunity to ask anything you need to know! Moreover,  students are not precluded from asking questions thereafter or during the academic year.

Below is the link where you can search through the mentor profiles, to see who might be able to help you best. Whilst they are organised by faculty, you don’t have to choose someone from the same department as you, if you think someone else might know a little more on the topic of your question:

https://www.essex.ac.uk/students/study-resources/mentoring/ask-pg/ask.aspx

Postgraduate Open Evenings

Postgraduate Fortnight

This is a fortnight of events which is devoted to the students who are looking to study a Masters or PhD. It will take place both at the Colchester and Southend campuses, from the 22nd of February until the 4th of March 2016. Information will be provided about the study fees through talks and also about the transition from being an undergraduate student, to a postgraduate.

The attendees will be able to enjoy refreshments as well!

You can view more information about the Postgraduate Fortnight here:  http://www.essex.ac.uk/study/pg/visit/default.aspx

An International University

Essex welcomes students from more than 130 countries of the world! Having a global outlook and reputation for teaching and research, Essex constitutes one of the UK’s most internationally diverse campus universities.

Being a postgraduate here means that you are introduced to new cultures, new friends and maybe influence you into starting to learn a new language. Not only that, but a student can find homogenous students at Essex and thus will never feel alone!

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Personal Experience

My experience as a postgraduate law student at Essex is very unique indeed; I have never regretted my choice and I can say that I am really satisfied with my studies so far! The teaching process is very efficient and helpful, as students enjoy the professional teaching methods of the lecturers and tutors. My lectures and seminars last 2 hours and I have days off uni within the week as well, so I’m able to find time to do my work, as well as have some time to myself.

I have made so many new friends and I even grew closer to my old undergraduate classmates too! There are a plenty of facilities that I can use here at the uni and so many activities to get involved in, as well as a great nightlife to enjoy. Plus, London is only one hour away, so I can go as often as I like!

 

These are just a few reasons to consider Essex for your postgraduate study (not to mention the stunning views)!

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