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How a Master's helped me

At Birmingham City University, our postgraduate students come from a variety of different backgrounds. Many have just completed their first degree, others have been in their profession for a while and feel driven towards taking the next step in their career.

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Our students are a community that support each other. Combined with the experts and academics that deliver our postgraduate taught degrees, you are in great hands. Some of our postgraduate students shared their thoughts on what it is like to study at BCU as part of our ‘I AM BCU’ series. We would like to introduce three of those to you here, Paige, Ashley and Lea.This is how doing a master’s at BCU really helped them. 


Cardiac Care (Professional Practice)

After studying her undergraduate degree in operating department practice (ODP), Paige had a passion to develop her specialism further within her role as anaesthetic ODP in cardiac theatres. So, she started our professional practice course in cardiac care, and has been excelling in her role since with a boost in confidence. 

Paige is both passionate about her career and studying for a postgraduate degree at BCU. “It has given me pride, confidence and made me feel proud of my achievements. I feel honoured. It is good to know that there are opportunities for me to be able to progress with my studying right on my doorstep and next to my place of work.”  

Read Paige's full story.


Real Estate Management - MSc

Ashley studied at BCU for his undergraduate degree and graduated in 2003. Since then, he has had a long and successful career working for Birmingham City Council. He has now returned to study MSc Real Estate Management to further his regeneration and development knowledge. 

Returning to do his postgraduate, Ashley had slight concerns about the gap in time since he had last studied as well as his time management while he continued to work on a major project. He soon however got back into the swing of it, “I thought the welcome (back) to BCU was excellent. I’m proud that I’ve been able to slot back into studying so well. I’m proud that I’ve been able to return to the place I first studied and further my career here- its brilliant!”

Read Ashley's full story.


Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism - MA

With a postgraduate degree under her belt, Léa was finally able to pursue her dream career and landed a job as a Social Trending Journalist at Reach plc - the largest news publisher in the UK – straight after graduation.

BCU was her immediate choice, teaching her the practical journalistic skills that she wanted to acquire. “Being surrounded by like-minded people and having the chance to be immersed in a very diverse international class made my time here even more valuable”. 

Read Lea's full story.

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