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Hi Everyone,

Feel free to use this thread for all things postgraduate.

Are you thinking of applying to study a postgraduate course?
Got any questions about life as a PG student?
Have you already applied and can't wait to start?
Are you planning to study full-time, part-time or flexible?

Let us know!

Our next postgraduate open days are coming up on the 15 March and 17 June, you can find all the details here.

If you want to see what courses we offer, visit our courses page.

Speak to you soon.

Heather & Brad
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Hello all,

My names David and I'm the new rep for postgraduate study!

Nice to meet you all


If you have any questions regarding postgraduate courses, study or general University life. Please don't hesitate to post in the forum or just drop me a PM.


(I'm popping this up here in the sticky thread too. Just so it remains visible!)
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Hi, I'm starting my PGCE Primary in September. Would be good to speak to some students currently on the course to get a feel of how the course is?
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Hi Everyone,

Feel free to use this thread for all things postgraduate.

Are you thinking of applying to study a postgraduate course?
Got any questions about life as a PG student?
Have you already applied and can't wait to start?
Are you planning to study full-time, part-time or flexible?

Let us know!

Our next postgraduate open days are coming up on the 15 March and 17 June, you can find all the details here.

If you want to see what courses we offer, visit our courses page.

Speak to you soon.

Heather & Brad

Hi heather and Brad,

I am starting my PGCE this Sep. Would be great to get an insight into life as a PG?
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Good afternoon sangsun.

Welcome to the University. I hope you have lots of fun during your studies.

Sadly, I can't speak much for PGCE. But being a postgrad MA student has generally been pretty enjoyable. It can be intense with the workload, but it's often worthwhile. Just need to make sure you keep up to date it with all!

There's plenty of social opportunities around with clubs and societies, although I've only really socialised with people on my course due to travelling in from home.

Hope this helps and please feel free to ask any further questions. Hopefully a current PGCE student will pop up with their experiences too.

All the best,

David
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Hi, I'm starting my PGCE Primary in September. Would be good to speak to some students currently on the course to get a feel of how the course is?
Hi Sangsun. I studied for my Primary PGCE at the university and graduated in 2010. It was intense, learning the pedagogy and strategies for teaching the different subjects, as well as teaching pupils in two blocks of 6 weeks. Get to know your fellow students, share experiences and don't think you're on your own. There was alot of blended learning as well. Get in touch with the department and see if you can meet up with current students who are in schools now, but you never know. Hope that helps.
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Hi Sangsun. I studied for my Primary PGCE at the university and graduated in 2010. It was intense, learning the pedagogy and strategies for teaching the different subjects, as well as teaching pupils in two blocks of 6 weeks. Get to know your fellow students, share experiences and don't think you're on your own. There was alot of blended learning as well. Get in touch with the department and see if you can meet up with current students who are in schools now, but you never know. Hope that helps.
Thank you! Are you enjoying teaching still? Regarding the intensity. Were you having to work every evening and weekend throughout the course to manage the workload?
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Hi, I've accepted a place on the PGCE for Art & Design in September at UH. I'm just wondering if anyone else is on the course, would be great to speak to some people before we start!

Jenna 😊
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Hey Jenna,

Firstly welcome to the University. I hope you have a great time while studying at UH.

Hopefully some other people who are joining are members of this website too and can chat to you before you begin.

If not however, there will be loads of opportunities in the run up to the course beginning to get chatting! Freshers week, social events and usually a subject specific ice-breaker event.

All the best,

David
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Hi everyone,

Does anyone currently studying for Primary PGCE have any tips? Or useful info?
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Hey Sangsun,

As Madam De Souza mentioned earlier in the thread, it'd be a great idea to get in touch with the department and maybe meet up with any current students. You can also get ahead on your course reading, as it's never too early to start!

Once you begin the course, you'll hopefully have lots of opportunities to discuss the course with tutors and your fellow students.

All the best,

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Hello all,

It's been a little quiet on this thread recently. So, I thought I'd post to give it a little bump!

I'll be applying for further post-grad study myself soon hopefully, once I finish my MA.


If you have any questions or just want to chat please feel free to post.

All the best,

David
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Hi, did you do your Prinary PGCE at Herts?
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Hey Sangsun,

I haven't no. I did an MA in another subject!

However Madame De Souza (who posted earlier) has studied the subject in the past! You could try giving her a private message if you'd like to ask for a personal opinion on the course.

All I do know, is the education department really does seem very vibrant and busy whenever I walk past, or talk to students about it.

If you have any general questions, I'd be happy to try and help however.

All the best,

David
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Hi,

I am starting a Msc Management course this September and have not yet received my timetable. I'm looking to get a job but wanted to find out if its actually possible to work full\part time while doing a masters degree.

- I also wanted to find out a rough idea of the kind of hours/days the Msc management course is.. Are they usually ran in the evening? Will I be in 2/3days a week or more?

Please Help, ASAP.

Thank you Sapphya.

(Original post by University of Hertfordshire)
Hi Everyone,

Feel free to use this thread for all things postgraduate.

Are you thinking of applying to study a postgraduate course?
Got any questions about life as a PG student?
Have you already applied and can't wait to start?
Are you planning to study full-time, part-time or flexible?

Let us know!

Our next postgraduate open days are coming up on the 15 March and 17 June, you can find all the details here.

If you want to see what courses we offer, visit our courses page.

Speak to you soon.

Heather & Brad
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Hey Sapphya,

Welcome to the University!

It should indeed be possible to work while doing an MA. I know many of my fellow students have done so. Personally I'd recommend working part time, just so you have plenty of time for your studies and can enjoy your Uni life.

Generally you'll be in taught lessons 6-8 hours a week. TImetables are usually issued closer to your start date, as right now they are likely being finalised.

You should be in, as you surmised 2-3 days a week with some home study time on top.

Hope this helps,

David
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Hi David,

On the subject of timetables, do you know roughly how many days the BSC Environmental management with ecology runs per week? Trying to sort out childcare for when I start.

Many thanks

Mark
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Hey Mark!

Is that BSC or MSC?

If it's the MSC I'd imagine it'd only be 1-3 days a week much like with Sapphya's course. Most Post-graduate courses run between 1-3 days a week with most of the work done in your own time or via 1 on 1 tutorials. It depends on how they handle it.
The only comparison I can draw is for example MA CW or MA English Lit. They try to pack all the tutorials in on one large day so people can manage child care/work commitments more efficiently.

If its the BSC. I'd imagine you'll be in at least 3 days a week. There's lots for lectures/class time/seminars involved in that.

If you're concerned, I'd suggest contacting the Admissions Tutor and asking what days/times classes are likely to be. Hopefully they'll be able to give you a better idea so you can plan ahead!

All the best,

David
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Hey Mark!

Is that BSC or MSC?

If it's the MSC I'd imagine it'd only be 1-3 days a week much like with Sapphya's course. Most Post-graduate courses run between 1-3 days a week with most of the work done in your own time or via 1 on 1 tutorials. It depends on how they handle it.
The only comparison I can draw is for example MA CW or MA English Lit. They try to pack all the tutorials in on one large day so people can manage child care/work commitments more efficiently.

If its the BSC. I'd imagine you'll be in at least 3 days a week. There's lots for lectures/class time/seminars involved in that.

If you're concerned, I'd suggest contacting the Admissions Tutor and asking what days/times classes are likely to be. Hopefully they'll be able to give you a better idea so you can plan ahead!

All the best,

David
Thanks David - it's a BSC. I'll contact the admissions tutor.
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No problems!


Good luck on your course and don't hesitate to post if you need any more help!
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