Course - MSc Education with Specialisms

What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

I was teaching at the time and as opportunities to further develop my own professional development were limited within the school, I decided to undertake a Masters in Education.  Part of the reason was also to set myself apart as an educator who was up to date with the latest advancements within my field, but also to engage in research and to have the ability to choose my own areas of study.

How PG study can fit around your busy life (Work/life balance)

I  deliberated for years about studying at postgraduate level thinking that I could not fit it into my life. Ulster offered a flexible pathway of part time study over three years which was manageable and by spreading out the modules, I believe I was able to glean more from the study without rushing through it.  As far as the cost is concerned, student loans were a great option.

It was a busy three years, but very enjoyable.  Coursework was spread out and the structure of the modules meant that there was never a mad dash at the end.

A top tip I will give you if you feel you can’t fit it into your busy life; If you want something, you will make it happen.  Speak to someone if you have worries, but ultimately, the only thing holding you back is yourself!

How PG study can help build your career

I am where I wanted to be!  The post grad led me out of the classroom and into a role where I support schools across the UK and help them to use EdTech to improve learning outcomes. The skills involved in research, fact checking and connecting with people have been invaluable to me.

The postgrad gave me the confidence I lacked regarding my skills. The course gave me the confidence to reach out and make connections.  Not necessarily because of who was on the course with me, but more so the realisation that I had something to contribute to my industry and having the confidence to start those discussions with others.