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Want to know what it’s like to study a postgrad degree at Newcastle?

Have a browse through some of our student blogs. Written by our dedicated student bloggers, you’ll get a real insight into life as a postgraduate at Newcastle. You might even get a few tips about where to go and what to do while you’re here too!

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Earning while Learning

22 May, 2017 - Posted by Joe
Getting involved in work during term time can be great. Jobs add to your CV, offer useful ways to spend your spare time and provide extra income to help you treat yourself. However, committing yourself to a time-consuming job could increase stress and impact your studies. Here are some of my own experiences and tips… View Article
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Getting involved in work during term time can be great. Jobs add to your CV, offer useful ways to spend your spare time and provide extra income to help you treat yourself. However, committing yourself to a time-consuming job could increase stress and impact your studies. Here are some of my own experiences and tips… View Article
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One of my favourite things to do when I am taking a break from studying is to eat out in one of the many restaurants and cafes in Newcastle. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner there are plenty of places I like to visit. Some of my favourites are listed below together with some mouth-watering… View Article
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1 – Jesmond Food Market This runs once a month and offers you a range of different foods that you can try and buy at the market stalls. There’s the opportunity talk to the local farmers, food producers and the general public who live in Newcastle. 2 – There’s so many places to eat out…… View Article
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I still remember my first few days in Newcastle. I felt the warmness from the help of strangers at the airport, greetings with sincere smiles from shopkeepers, patient guidance from the locals on the street. I was shocked by the strong accent that I couldn’t understand. At first, I also couldn’t get used to the… View Article
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You may not have heard about Geordies. By that I mean, those who come from Newcastle and its surrounding areas. They are well known for being some of the most kind and helpful people in the UK, or as I would argue, in the world.   So what is a Geordie anyway? A Geordie is… View Article
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Newcastle is such a fantastic city to live in, there is so much going on you are never short of something to do. Having spent nearly five years living and studying here, I’ve done lots of exploring and found some amazing places and things to do. Here are some of my top tips and favourite… View Article
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Many new things are about to happen. Let them come! I have learned a lot even though I have spent only seven months as a postgrad student until now. Loads of new things have happened: new ways of studying, new skills, new flavours, and more. New ways of studying My bachelor’s degree in Thailand had… View Article
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Working and studying is something most students do but it can be difficult to get the balance right. Below, I have outlined my top three tips for successfully studying and working. 1. Find a job Now that you’ve reached university and are interested in earning money or getting experience through employment, your next move should… View Article
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I graduated with a Bachelor of Communication Science from The University of Brawijaya in Indonesia. Now I’m doing my Master’s here in the UK at Newcastle University majoring in Cross-Cultural Communication (CCC). Studying in the UK has given me significant knowledge in my subject, such as tackling the question people often address to me as… View Article
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Whether I like it or not, doing a PhD is the most challenging period of my life. All PhD students know that well; we are leading a totally different life from anyone else. What does this life look like though? Tubes vs Patients When people hear that I am working on actual clinical trials in… View Article
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Finding a place to live during term time may be a necessary evil, but a little research goes a long way. Whether you’re familiar with Newcastle’s districts or a newcomer to the Toon, this rundown of the city’s major areas is sure to help you decide where to settle into Postgrad life. City Centre Living… View Article
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When working as a Student Ambassador I have received a lot of concerns from other international students such as: “I can’t manage my studies so well…” “I have no idea how to write the essays…” “I feel nervous and have nothing to say when I am doing group work with local students…” It is a… View Article
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1. The University’s Students Union is run by 6 sabbatical officers. The Students Union is located at the heart of the University campus and is home to a team of 6 sabbatical officers. You can check out their page on the Students’ Union website for more information on their roles. Elections hosted every year where… View Article
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Now funding can be difficult to find if you are not aware of where you can find and apply for funds. It’s important to remember that you can raise money through a range of different ways, and each may impact how you undertake your degree. Funding your PG studies can be challenging I spent the… View Article
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The one thing you should always remember while at Uni is that you’re not just here to study, you’re here to have fun and relax too. The good news is that Newcastle and the surrounding area have got you covered! As postgraduate students, we all work hard and that’s why it’s so important to take… View Article
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What really changes…

Posted by Rikki - Cancer MRes
6 February, 2017
The decision to do postgraduate study was not easy, but one I am extremely enjoying and already believe has influenced me positively as an individual… My Journey to Postgrad My path into postgraduate studies is not a typical one. Finishing fourth year Medicine at Newcastle University, students are offered the option to either finish the… View Article
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I’m Izi 🙂 I’ve just finished my first semester (and first set of exams, phew!) of my MRes in Medical Sciences. Postgrad study has totally exceeded my expectations, so I thought I’d try and give a bit of an insight into what it is really like to live and study in Newcastle. Living in Newcastle… View Article
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Being almost 6,000 miles away from home it is so difficult to imagine “how is my life going to be?” This is the longest alone trip of my life – from Bangkok, Thailand to Newcastle upon Tyne. I kept thinking about the choice I had made. I had to quit my job, leave my family… View Article
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First Day Back at University Three years after starting my undergraduate degree in Biology I found myself back on campus about to commence study on a Master’s course in Biotechnology. With less apprehension this time around, I was looking forward to continuing my studies here at Newcastle. My first day consisted of some introductory lectures… View Article
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Starting a new life in a new country will definitely make you excited, but will also leave you with a lot of confusion about what might go on around you and what to do. My first few weeks in the UK were a kind of ‘honeymoon’ for me, where I did all of the things… View Article
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Here I come Newcastle upon Tyne, my new home for the next year. I arrived on 13th September 2016 after a long flight from my country, Thailand. I had never travelled alone and this far away before. I was so excited and so worried at the same time. Once I stepped out of the airport,… View Article
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There comes a time in every student’s life when they think to themselves, “I should start applying for jobs”. For those of us who decide to pursue postgraduate education, this is no different. It can be difficult to find the time and motivation to start planning for life after your degree. But making time for these… View Article
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Seven people walked into a classroom from a combination of Asia, America, and Europe. Nope, this isn’t the start of a bad joke, it’s how my first day at Newcastle University started. Over the last 11 months I’ve spent my time here with a mixture of people from all different walks of life. I’ve been… View Article
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The time has come. You’re about to pack your belongings, move to a new city, and find yourself a home while you get another degree. You need to decide if you want to be in Halls of Residence, or in a private rent. You need to decide if you want to be in a flat… View Article
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As part of my course, to investigate more open approaches of learning such as the use of twitter and blogs, I visited the TED Prize ‘School in the Cloud’ Lab established by Professor Mitra and colleagues in rural India. I wanted to see how the Self-Organised Learning Environment (SOLE) concept works in a developing country where… View Article
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To those of you joining Newcastle in September, congratulations! You’ve made it onto your course. That’s at least another year organised, but the big questions is, what will you do afterwards? For many postgraduates, finding a job of your choice in today’s competitive market is nothing short of hitting a bull’s eye. And if you… View Article
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Newcastle is a great city. It has everything you could ever want and need. Sport, music, shops, scenery, it has it all. And it’s places to eat don’t let the city down. There is a wide range of places to eat, ranging from quaint cafes all the way up to a Michelin star restaurant. So… View Article
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After having decided that the MRes at Newcastle University was the right choice for me, I applied. 10 days after my application, I was accepted. Three months later I arrived at Newcastle for the first time. After a flight delay and a missed train, I reached the city centre totally exhausted, looking for the right… View Article
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Unlike most people, I don’t like living too close to the university. Commuting is actually a Zen time for me. That’s why I lived in St. Mary’s College for my first year of my Master’s and am currently living with a British family. They are both a 40-minute walk away or a 7-minute away by bus. Believe… View Article
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So you’ve decided that 3 years of uni just isn’t enough for you…? Well here’s a few tips on how to make the most of this fantastic year as a Master’s student. Get to know your supervisor Don’t be scared. They’re normal human beings and you’re going to be spending a lot more time with… View Article
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Very few people want to hold down a job while they study. After a long day in the library, waiting tables and pouring drinks from 6pm until 11pm is something I rarely look forward too. However, I have found a number of benefits to balancing my degree with a part-time job. Time Management With six contact… View Article
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Creative Culture ‘Museums? Art Galleries? Boring!’ I hear you cry. But hear me out, the North East is a vibrant hub of creativity. From live theatre, to art (both traditional art and modern pieces such as performance art), to soaking up the history of the city; You can access it all, and more, within the… View Article
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When I joined my Master’s course (MSc Automation and Control) in September, I was given an induction about choosing my Master’s project and writing my dissertation. This made me wonder “Why bother about this now when I have a full eight months before I start my project?” Little did I know that time would fly… View Article
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The undergraduates have now left for the summer holidays and the campus is less busy compared to the rest of the year. With the sun out, Master’s and PhD students are enjoying all the facilities to ourselves 🙂  Most of the study spaces are quieter with less people compared to the rest of the year. As… View Article
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While most undergraduate degrees finish in June, postgraduate students need to stay and work longer. Summertime is closely linked to vacation time; therefore it can be hard to concentrate on writing up your dissertation. Below I have summarized some good ideas from my own experience. Hopefully, they will help you go through this period of… View Article
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Warning: postgraduate courses can be really stressful! Here’s how I relax in-between studying. First things first, sleeping and lying down can help me relax, but they are not the only two ways. Sometimes, our brains will feel more refreshed if we switch to do a different thing. Food & Friends They say people either live… View Article
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Research is important only when it is practically applied for the benefit of the community. Therefore, what’s more essential for a researcher than being able to communicate research effectively? Conferences are organized for this particular reason. Attending is the simplest option. However, you might be asked to present your research in front of both a… View Article
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Newcastle is a beautiful city that is very easy to get around. People in Newcastle are very friendly, I remember the first time I arrived a lady at the bus stop started chatting with me. People can just start randomly chatting with you in a restaurant or just anywhere. I found that surprising at the… View Article
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Pursuing a Master’s degree in International Development and Education was a dream I looked forward to after my undergraduate degree. I chose this course because of the fact that it brings people from all around the world in one classroom to share their thoughts and experiences on education and development. To add to that, there is… View Article
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A quick review of my undergrad and Master’s life first. I studied Japanese for 4 years as my bachelor degree in China. In my third year, I went to Japan as an exchange student for one year. Two years ago, I moved to the UK and started MA Translation and Interpretation (a two-year-course) at Newcastle… View Article
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It’s always a big decision when thinking about starting a Master’s course. I wasn’t sure about whether it was going to be something I enjoyed or just something to go further in my career (I need my MSc in Forensic Psychology to be able to get onto a traineeship). In my head it was going… View Article
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Before starting my Master’s course, I thought that the next year would be just about attending long lectures and spending endless hours at the library. I couldn’t have been more wrong.  I have so many options to unwind from my studies. Living in a happening place like Newcastle is so much fun and it is hard… View Article
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Postgraduate study! Yay or nay As soon as I stepped out of my undergraduate studies in India, I had to choose between work and higher studies. Obviously working seemed to be a better option and why not? It gives you money, independence and who wants to study anyway. Completing undergraduate was a task in itself…. View Article
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We’re told that coming back to postgrad study after time away has many benefits. Working before a Master’s can make your approach to studying more driven, mature, and career-directed. While this is surely true, there are also benefits of going straight into a Master’s. While many of my peers left university to find jobs, I… View Article
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I’ve been a Master’s student for a whole eight months now. I mean, it’s not that long in comparison to the three years I spent as an Undergrad, but I feel like it’s long enough for me to have a good idea of the differences between the two levels of study. Read more to see what… View Article
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As an intercalating medical student, making the decision to take a year out of my medical degree was difficult but one that has really paid off. So here is a bit about my journey so far, the things I’ve learnt, the things I’ve struggled with and the things that have made it all worthwhile. Free… View Article
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People sometimes find it difficult to understand how different a researcher’s life is from the general population. They stare when I talk about how much my life has changed since I started my PhD. The confusion gets even worse when I mention my field of research – Clinical Pharmacology. Were you ever curious to explore… View Article
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I went straight from my BMus in Folk and Traditional Music to an MLitt in Music. Part of me thought not much would change, as I was in the same department and was learning from the same people. Well I was wrong. Here are just a few of differences between my life as an UG… View Article
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Welcome to our Virtual PG Café! This event has passed but please feel free to watch our videos and live campus tour. You can find out more about the hosts on their profiles: Amy Ellie Saman Khadija Emma Once you’ve watched our videos take a look through our blogs, quizzes and student profiles.
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