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Amy Dillon

Social Research Methods and Statistics MSc

Why did you choose Manchester?

Due to the course mainly. Being up north, Manchester is also more affordable. It turned out to be a really interesting place too with great people.

Why did you pick your course?

I chose the field of study based on the skills gap that was evident in my recent job interviews. I was recommended the course by a leader in the field. The department linked to the course is one of the best in the country. I was awarded a bursary based on my level of attainment in my undergrad.

What are the best things about your degree?

The teaching and pastoral support is excellent. There is plenty of contact time in lectures, seminars and open office hours. The staff are leaders in their field and really approachable. There has been a lot of flexibility to help me finish the course whilst becoming a mother. There are great links to the projects within the department. There is a supportive peer programme too, so I challenge you not to make a friend or two.

Are there any modules / teaching you’ve particular enjoyed? What made it stand out?

Each course has addressed a different aspect of a wide discipline with different staff and computer programmes. This breadth is the course’s particular strength. All courses were taught to a very high standard, so it’s hard to pick one.

What benefits do you think your course/the university will bring to you on graduation (eg skills for employability)?

I have taken the course specifically to create skills for employability. I was going to go into research (PhD) but when I had my son, I had a re-think and will go for being an analyst in the private sector for a while. Due to the depth of the course, in just a year of study I will go from nothing to almost being over-skilled for the job!

Please can you give details of any extracurricular activities/societies you’ve been involved in?

I made the most of discounted swimming, free lunchtime recitals, bulk buying wholefoods at the vegetarian cafe.

Why should a prospective applicant choose Manchester?

Because the university is of a very high standard, with excellent teaching and facilities located in the heart of a fascinating, vibrant, exciting, culturally rich city. Choose MU if they choose you!

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