The course really is second to none in terms of skills preparation and real-world experience. It’s brilliant.
The Edge Hill course was very field-based. I could put into practice what I’d studied in the classroom, which is how I learn best. I was looking for a Masters degree that offered me a theoretical background combined with practical experience. A lot of courses I considered didn’t offer much hands-on activity or field trips. As well as this, I liked the feel of the campus as it is open and welcoming with lots of great learning facilities on site.
I really enjoyed the field trips. We got to go out and study many species in their natural environment and learn different surveying methods, for example small mammal trapping and newt habitat surveys.
I did a 20-day placement with Atkins, quite a large consultancy firm, as an assistant ecologist. I helped with habitat, plant, bat and newt surveys, which was brilliant. I gained lots of experience in report writing, which was a real insight, as it’s not something I’d done before.
I’m now an assistant consultant ornithologist. A firm in Newcastle wanted someone with a degree, but who also had skills and experience within the industry, which is what this MSc has given me. The course really is second to none in terms of skills preparation and real-world experience. It’s brilliant.
The tutors are brilliant and all have their own areas of research expertise. There are lots of interesting optional opportunities such as seminars and lectures, which I found invaluable in providing real insight into current research. I’d say to go to as many as possible. They’re always happy to help and give feedback if you’re struggling or want extra information, so make use of them.
The course far exceeded my expectations. Without that opportunity to get hands-on experience, I don’t feel I’d have got my job. It was so enjoyable.”
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