''I was originally attracted to Aston for my Undergraduate degree because of the emphasis and importance that the university placed on its sandwich year programme. I spent the year working as a teaching assistant in Belgium and the programme gave me the opportunity to gain invaluable skills and experiences.
After having taken modules in Forensic Linguistics during the second and third years of my undergraduate, I became increasingly interested in this topic. Aston is home to the Centre for Forensic Linguistics, and is at the forefront of developments in this field, so it was an ideal place for further studies for me.
As I had completed my undergraduate with Aston, I was entitled to a 10% discount on my postgraduate course. Additionally, I had also applied for, and was awarded, a scholarship offered by the School of Languages and Social Sciences. In exchange for six hours work per week as a conversational English teacher, I was given a further 50% reduction in fees.
The lecturers at Aston are able to communicate their zeal and knowledge of their subjects effectively in lectures and group discussions.
The MA in Applied Linguistics has given me a solid knowledge base for a career in the field of linguistics.''