MA in Public Policy and Social Change
''One reason why I chose to do my MA with the School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston is because Birmingham is my home town, which meant I could stay at home to study and save money. Also the fees are low in comparison to other Masters courses that I looked at, and the University has a great reputation.
The quality of teaching here has been brilliant. All of my tutors are passionate about their area of knowledge and highly supportive of their students, particularly in the Sociology department. Although my Masters course involved much more individual reading than taught classes, I really looked forward to meeting up each week to discuss the material. Bouncing ideas between fellow students and the tutor really helped me to explore new ways of looking at problems/concepts. I have learned so much in a very short space of time. I feel that I can now write and talk confidently about the ideas which have always interested me, and will continue to interest me throughout my life.
The course has given me an excellent grounding in the major sociological theories, as well as in basic public policy issues. I also had the opportunity to take part in a 3-week work placement, which I chose to do at the West Midlands Labour Party. This means that after graduating there will be more than one route I could take in terms of my career. At the moment I am considering either applying for a graduate position in a social care organisation or an internship with a homeless charity.
I applied for a scholarship from Aston University which I was fortunate enough to get. The University pays half of my tuition fees and in return I was asked to organise and run weekly Speaking Classes with Chinese, Japanese and Korean students who were on a year abroad as part of their studies. Getting to know the students through the Speaking Classes has been one of the best experiences I have ever had in an academic environment. I'm hoping to keep in touch with a couple of my students even though they have all gone back home now.''