Why did you choose Manchester?
Before I came to Manchester, I was doing a diploma in linguistics in Hong Kong. Throughout my two years spent on linguistics, however, I found myself more interested in social science-related courses so I decided to go for a sociology degree.
Along with the international reputation, facilities and the courses offered, the prime reason I chose Manchester was because the University welcomes students from different academic backgrounds.
Manchester gave me the chance to pursue the degree I yearn for, so I made it my first choice.
Why did you pick your course?
I’m particularly interested in looking at social interactions and how the external social world affects our everyday lives. Sociology at Manchester is attractive to me because the modules range from classical to contemporary social theories. The lineage of social thoughts from past to present are definitely useful to better understand the world I live in.
What are the best things about your degree?
The flexibility of my degree allows me to choose from a wide variety of modules so I can explore various areas like popular culture, British culture and gender issues. Besides the course structure, sociology is relatively small so the teaching staff and students forge close links. I’m very happy to exchange my thoughts with my lecturers after class because their ideas and viewpoints inspire me a lot.
Is there a unit you’ve particular enjoyed? What made it stand out?
My favourite course units so far have been about classical social theories and media culture.
I like the way our lecturers associate social theories with historical contexts and philosophical roots. This encouraged me to look further into complicated philosophical debates and examine the applicability of theories to the contemporary world.
Some lectures are quite interactive as well. Sometimes we have some small group discussions in class so I can learn from other classmates and evaluate a particular issue from various angles.
How will your degree prepare you for life after Manchester?
The ProD sessions on my course are really useful, especially when it comes to planning for my future career.
From these sessions I’ve learnt more about what to do with my sociology degree and how to prepare my profile. As a result of this, I've started looking around for part-time jobs, internships, and volunteering opportunities to improve my CV.
Moreover, some of the courses I’m doing require students to deliver oral presentations in class. I’ve found it useful because I can practice my oral communication skills which are beneficial for job interviews and public speaking.
What extracurricular activities/societies you’ve been involved in?
I’m currently taking part in the student ambassador programme.
It’s given me opportunities to give visitors campus tours and make some new friends. I’m also a member of the International Society. I usually travel with the society at weekends to different cities in the UK, like Oxford, Liverpool and Bath.
I love sightseeing because architecture and historical heritage fascinate me.
Why should a prospective applicant choose Manchester?
Manchester is a vibrant city. It embraces a wide spectrum of ethnic groups and subcultures.
I think it is a valuable opportunity for students to understand different cultures of the world, both in and after class, in such a multicultural city.
At the University, experts and researchers deliver the most current information. I also admire the career network the University offers. Applicants should definitely consider Manchester as their destination.