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MA Education Student Profiles

This is a collection of reflective accounts from MA Education students. They describe why they chose to study at the University of Nottingham, their experience of the course and how it has helped develop their career.
 

Gongyan Gu - MA Education studentGongyan Gu

Year of graduation: 2021
Home country: China

 

 

Why did you choose to study at the University of Nottingham?

The University of Nottingham has a campus in China, so it is well known in my country. I also have several friends who graduated from the University, and almost all of their feedback on studying there was positive, such as the good teaching quality, responsible tutors, beautiful campus and great learning atmosphere. 
 
In addition, before applying to British universities, I undertook some research and found that the University of Nottingham is well ranked in the QS World Rankings for subjects in education and training, which attracted me very much. 

How has the course helped you in your career?

My undergraduate degree has nothing to do with education, but I have a strong interest in the field of education and plan to work as a teacher in the future.  
 
This course has given me a further understanding of the education profession. It covers a wide range of subjects, such as curriculum, pedagogy, and education-related qualitative and quantitative research. The modules have also broadened my understanding of education and I believe that they will allow me to work more effectively in my future career as a teacher. 

Was there a particular module that you enjoyed the most?

The module I enjoyed the most was ‘Practice-Based Inquiry’. For the final assignment we had to conduct in-depth research (with qualitative or/and quantitative methods) on a topic that interested us. In order to complete this, I not only needed to read a large amount of literature, but I was also asked to communicate with people of different ages to obtain a variety of information to classify and analyse. This was an unprecedented and unforgettable experience for me.  

What was the best part of the course?

There have been plenty of group discussions during the course, which has helped me to share my ideas, learn about different perspectives toward education, and develop my critical thinking. What's more, these discussions enable me to build friendships with my classmates from different countries.  

Why do you think students should come to the University of Nottingham to study this course?

The course is organised in small groups, which means that almost every student can get the attention of tutors. They are excellent and patient and you always can get timely and helpful advice from them.  

Anything else you'd like to add about the course or your time studying?

The University of Nottingham has seven libraries and many study areas spread across different campuses. Therefore, as a student you can always find a great place where we can study effectively. There is also a large area of greenery, which is good for you to relax in, especially after a long period of study. 

 

Xu Zhichao - MA Education studentXu Zhichao

Year of graduation: 2021
Home country: China
 

 


Why did you choose this course?

There are two main reasons why I choose to study this course. The first was the good reputation of the University, and the second was its high rankings along with the professionalism of the tutors

How has the course helped you in your career? 

It has helped a lot. Firstly, my undergraduate degree was in language and Chinese literature and I one day hope to become a professional teacher. To achieve this, I needed to learn pedagogy knowledge, which I was lacking before coming to Nottingham. But not only that, the special and inclusive education optional modules I chose allowed me to learn more about the challenging behaviours of children and give me skills to better cope with them as an adult and a teacher. 

Was there a particular module that you enjoyed the most?

I have enjoyed all the modules I have chosen, and some of them were new to me, which helped me learn more. The optional module: ‘Literacies and Learning in and out of School’ was the module I enjoyed the most. This was because the content the module tutor shared with us resonated greatly with my language learning experience. For example, as a multilingual learner, many students from Guangdong and I mastered Cantonese, Hakka, Mandarin and English at different stages. The theories and cases in this module gave me a lot of inspiration. 

What was the best part of the course?

I have enjoyed having group discussions with my classmates, especially those from different cultural backgrounds and educational experiences. I felt the collision of ideas, which allowed me to see how teaching and learning works in completely different environments and how they affect children.

What are your plans for the future?

After completing my degree, I hope I can return to elementary school and become a Chinese teacher. Although the British primary education system is very different from China, I have benefited a lot from the learning classroom management and teacher-student relations skills. I plan to apply these learning to my teaching practice.   

Why do you think students should come to the University of Nottingham to study this course?  

I believe everyone has different reasons. For me, the most important reason was the rich selection of modules and good tutors.

Anything else you'd like to add about the course or your time studying?

The University libraries deserve a special mention. They have a very convenient reservation system, comfortable study spaces, and beautiful landscapes. Ideal for studying and coursework inspiration.

 

  

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