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BA (Hons) Journalism/MA Public Relations & Strategic Communications
Leyla is from Jakarta in Indonesia and has been with Leeds Beckett since she started her International Foundation Year course five years ago. She then went on to study BA (Hons) Journalism and MA Public Relations & Strategic Communications. Leyla talks about her experience below...
Why I chose to study a masters in journalism
For the kind of work I want to do, having PR experience is a must. A Masters degree would boost my chances of getting the job I want.
After my Bachelors degree, it was only natural to stay at Leeds Beckett to do my Masters. One of the best things about my course was that all the lecturers have worked in the industry. They were able to give us first-hand knowledge of PR and journalism. I also gained first-hand experience during my course.
I was able to interview and take pictures of celebrities at the Mobo Awards. We also had live news days in which we worked as a team to write up stories from reporters and produce them for a live TV news broadcast.
Living in Leeds
I love that Leeds is such a student-friendly city with people from many different countries. You always get to meet interesting people! There are many arts events in the city centre. These include Light Night, the Christmas Market and the International Film Festival. Leeds is also very affordable. It's cheaper to live here than many other UK cities.
I have gained practical experience that I can put on my CV. This will help me find jobs, not just in Indonesia, but in other countries as well. I got involved with so many things on both my Bachelors and Masters course. Practical experience and group work are essential for a future career in journalism or PR.
MSc Sports & Exercise Therapy
Why I came to Leeds Beckett
Jeremy is from Malaysia and studied a Masters in Sports and Exercise Therapy. He had planned to come to the UK to study after receiving his Undergraduate degree and chose to study at Leeds Beckett upon receiving a recommendation from his lecturer.
Why I chose to study a masters in Sports and Exercise Therapy
I knew that I wanted to study my Masters in the UK. I also wanted to expand my skills in a hands-on environment. The facilities at Leeds Beckett are well-equipped for us to learn new skills. We learned sports massage techniques and understand how to use ice to aid athletes’ recovery.
Living in Leeds
Leeds is a convenient and accessible place to live. It’s easy to walk to the supermarket and the shopping mall. The train station is also centrally located. Taking a train to London or Manchester on the weekend is very easy. I have found it easy to make friends and chat with my flatmates. I joined the International Society, and they had lots of activities like karaoke night. I mingled with people from all over the world and learned more about their cultures.
I’d love to go to Europe to work for a lower league football club and work my way up. I know that football is a competitive industry, but I hope that Europe has some options for me
LLB (Hons) Law with Business Management
Dew is from Nigeria and in 2019 graduated with First Class Honours in LLB (Hons) Law with Business Management. When Dew applied for her course she met our Nigerian representative who supported Dew on her journey to the UK and Leeds.
Why I chose to study Law at Leeds Beckett
Doing Law and Business Management gives you the best of both worlds. Although I’ll graduate with an LLB law degree, I’ll have the benefits of a dual degree. The thing is, law is straightforward - ‘This is the law, this is the situation. Apply the law to the situation and get a result.’ With management, you need to be more creative and problem solve to find solutions. My course helps me to expand my thinking and develop both my practical and innovative skills.
Living in Leeds
Leeds is a student-friendly, compact city and less busy than London. It’s easy to find your way around, and the shops are all within walking distance. The transport links for students are excellent. You can easily get on a bus outside Headingley or City Campus.
I use the library a lot. There are so many resources and you can book and renew books online. It’s possible to renew a book for a whole year, which is great as books can be expensive.
I’ve gained so many skills from working as a student ambassador. I also learned so much from joining Student Union societies. The leadership, research and teamwork skills I've learned at Leeds Beckett will be transferable to any career I choose.
Isabelle wanted to change career direction and study Dietetics for her postgraduate studies. As she hadn’t previously studied nutrition or biology, Isabelle did a couple of the Leeds Beckett Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules in health to help her gain the qualifications she needed.
Why I chose to study Dietics at Leeds Beckett
I had studied my Bachelor’s degree in Yorkshire, and I loved Leeds when I visited. The great city combined with a reputable course in Dietetics made Leeds Beckett an obvious choice for me.
Student Services have been fantastic! I didn’t know if I would be accepted on to the Dietetics course – so I was a little anxious. I worked really hard on my CPD. I also looked into the resources that Leeds Beckett offered that could help with my application. The careers service supported me with writing my personal statement and preparing me for the interviews.
Living in Leeds
I love that my course is in the city centre with all the shops on my doorstep. Leeds is a big city and all the big department stores and shops are based here. All the stores that are in London are also in Leeds. The only difference is that they are within walking distance, which is really nice.
I chose to switch to Dietetics because I wanted to help people, and I'm passionate about food! My end goal is to be a Registered Dietitian. Right now I want to focus on my short-term goals and concentrate on my studies.
MSc Psychology (Conversion Award)
Nestor is from the Philippines and graduated from Leeds Beckett in 2019 with an MSc Psychology (Conversion Award). Before studying his course here, Nestor was an English teacher, but wanted to change his career and pursue his passion for psychology.
Why I chose to study psychology at Leeds Beckett
I chose Leeds Beckett based on the university’s generous offer of a scholarship. I was very impressed with the speedy communication of the Admissions team. Despite the time difference, I always received quick replies to my emails. This reassured me that I would be taken care of when I started my studies.
Living in Leeds
I have friends in London and travel a lot between the two cities. I can say that I prefer Leeds. People are friendlier, and the city is very diverse. As Leeds is a student city, people are accustomed to visitors who study and live here. Leeds is a compact city with excellent public transport. It's always easy to get to where you want to be.
What I loved about my course
The education system in the UK is very different from the Philippines. There was an adjustment period at first. It was helpful to know that I could ask the teacher anything. It was clear from the outset that my lecturers had time for me. My lecturers created a student-centred, collaborative learning environment. I was encouraged to engage with the course and learn about other perspectives.
Elettra is from Italy and applied for her course BA (Hons) Public Relations through Clearing. Elettra spent six months studying overseas as part of her degree. She has also travelled to New York for her one-year work placement.
Why I chose to study PR at Leeds Beckett
I wanted to study PR in the UK and Leeds Beckett offered a course with practical experience. The opportunity to have hands-on experience is not something we have in Italy. My friends back home just study, read and do exams, so I feel lucky to be studying here.
One of the best things about my course are the guest lecturers. Finding out about their careers and experience has been inspiring. We analysed well-known PR campaigns examining how effective they were. I got the chance to create new campaigns and be a PR practitioner for the day, which was fascinating.
Living in Leeds
The city of Leeds is full of students and there are so many things to do. There are a lot of green areas. I like walking around Hyde Park which is on the doorstep of where I live. Leeds is a nice place to shop and browse the city centre. There is always something going on like street performances, food stands and exhibitions.
The activities during International Arrival help students feel welcome. This is important if you are studying in another country for the first time. The social activities at Leeds Beckett have been great for me! I attend lots of societies and events, and I'm now an International Student Ambassador.
What I’m most proud of
Becoming an International Student Ambassador. It’s helped me to meet people. I was so worried about making friends when I arrived. It’s nice to help people with their own worries and make their experience as smooth as possible. It makes me happy when people get in touch with me to thank me for helping them settle in.
MA International Business
Zhe graduated in 2009 with an MA in International Business. While studying at Leeds Beckett, he developed new methods of critical thinking. He also strengthened his knowledge of practical business skills. The MA in International Business course improved his confidence in English speaking and writing. Zhe has gone on to work as an English teacher. He works with students who want to study abroad and prepares them for the IELTS English Language Test.
Why I chose to study a masters at Leeds Beckett
I was drawn to Leeds Beckett’s background as a reputable university. I took advantage of a wide range of study resources and facilities, including the 24/7 libraries. The academic rigor of my course required me to work independently. This has allowed me to transfer knowledge to future prospective students.
Living in Leeds
To British culture lovers, studying in the UK is the best way to get an authentic English experience. I grew to love the Premier League, developed an English accent, and joined a weekly football team!
Living in Marsden House accommodation allowed me to live with students from different cultures.
Advice for international students
My advice for Chinese students is to become friends with students from different countries. You can improve your English communication skills. Academically, I recommend two simple steps: preview and review. This way you will be able to follow along with the tutor more easily. Afterwards, you can review to strengthen your knowledge and prepare for exams.
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Scholarships available for international students
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- 494% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17).
Guaranteed accommodation for all international students (applying by the given deadline).
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- 7Research graded world-leading or internationally excellent in almost all academic disciplines.
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Awarded an overall four-star rating by QS, the higher education benchmarking agency
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