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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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What Being a Master’s Student is Really Like

12 September, 2018 - Posted by Isa
Starting a postgraduate degree can seem daunting, especially after the stress of undergraduate study. However, a Master’s degree can make a difference in your job hunt post-university, with less commitment than a PhD. Your Master’s course can also be loads of fun if you make the most of it! After completing a one-year Master of… View Article
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Starting a postgraduate degree can seem daunting, especially after the stress of undergraduate study. However, a Master’s degree can make a difference in your job hunt post-university, with less commitment than a PhD. Your Master’s course can also be loads of fun if you make the most of it! After completing a one-year Master of… View Article
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Things to do and places to see; Everything’s just a short walk away With a pack on my back and a map in hand, I stepped on the plane and then off the train. After 4,493 miles, and a very exhausted music playlist, I had finally arrived in Newcastle. Little did I know, this transition… View Article
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You’ve completed your undergraduate degree, moved on to your postgraduate degree, and now the inevitable time has come to enter the working world and find a job. It’s scary and it can be intimidating but it’s essential and will be made much easier with the help of your postgrad course and the services at Newcastle… View Article
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Jam-packed with places to eat and drink, shops for all occasions, and cultural sights to admire, there will be something for everyone in Newcastle. Being a local student myself, I’ve been able to experience many of the wonderful things Newcastle has to offer time and time again. So now I’m sharing with you some of… View Article
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How “Uni” is different across-the-pond: US vs. UK   We’ve all heard the stories and seen the movies: The US-of-A dorm-mates and debatable dining halls… the “football” games and cheerleaders… The Greek Life recruitment and the “freshman-fifteen”. Despite the variations between social scenes of US and UK universities, the two educational systems stand with exceptional… View Article
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Making the decision of studying abroad, leaving home and opening yourself to a new adventure across the sea, (because let’s be honest… relocation is an adventure) can be exciting but scary and challenging all at the same time, mainly because you are not completely sure of what to expect. Yes, your life is about to… View Article
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It might sound cheesy but I can honestly say that I’ve had the time of my life at Newcastle University. I’ve made the best friends, had so many new and wonderful experiences, fallen in love with the city and my passion for my degree subject has grown. Whilst I have had the best of times… View Article
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After sixteen years of employment, I saw an opportunity to pursue higher education to a PhD level overseas, which I had been dreaming of since I was an undergraduate student. However, to leave my family and my comfort zone, which I was familiar with, was not easy. An uncertain future often restricts people from trying,… View Article
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Last summer, I left China to start my Master’s studies at Newcastle University. Before choosing to study abroad I had not been to Newcastle and in my mind life here was all about fish and chips, rainy days and food and transport were expensive. However what I am enjoying now is a wonderful cross-cultural life…. View Article
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  First of all, if you are looking for support on this step, congratulations! This means you already have an acceptance letter, and you are one step closer to starting the amazing journey of studying aboard! But (the ugly but…) it’s time to start the process of applying for a visa and if it’s your… View Article
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Me          I graduated from Psychology last year and didn’t want to leave Newcastle, after loving the last 3 years of my life here. So I signed for a house with friends in the same position. I was lucky enough to know what kind of future I aspired for back in sixth form. I planned… View Article
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A lot can happen in a year. One of the highlights of my experience in England was experiencing four different seasons, something that we don’t have in Indonesia. Each season brought with it new opportunities to learn and evolve. Autumn It was a season when it all started. I had to register, open up a… View Article
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Many of you wonder how it is really to be a doctorate student right in the middle of my degree. You often ask me how work is going and how I manage to get everything done in time. Why on earth do I always smile while talking about my postgraduate studies, when most students are… View Article
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The end of term draws near. It’s exciting (and a little bit scary) to think about what’s next, but there’s still one last obstacle to overcome – your final project! As daunting as it seems, surviving your project or dissertation isn’t too difficult. Here’s what I learned during mine. This is probably how you feel… View Article
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How has my course helped me prepare for a career? Studying on a Biotechnology MSc course has increased the variety and the strength of my lab-based skills. I have built on analytical skills during my PG experience, not only through the nature of my degree but also through my extra curricular involvement in the Debating… View Article
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  1. Make sure your CV reflects you in the best possible way!   Organising a CV takes a lot of time, but it’s worth investing hours into it. It’s the first thing that an employer will see about you, and you want to put forward the best reflection of yourself. You can also run… View Article
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Whilst interrailing last summer, I was lucky enough to meet some amazing people from all around Europe. It was fantastic getting to know them and finding out where they were from. However the most interesting thing was to hear peoples’ response when I said I had spent four years living and studying in Newcastle. A… View Article
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Newcastle is what I call “a big small city.” Big because it has everything you hope for in a city, and small as you can explore most of the city within a day, and this is what makes Newcastle the perfect city. From the arts, through the beautiful scenic views, to the nightlife, I am… View Article
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I have been studying English as my second language since I was a child. My parents and my teachers encouraged me to study by reading comics, watching cartoons, or listening to songs. Of course, studying another language challenges everyone, however, the benefits you get are worth fighting for. English language In Thailand, many schools provide… View Article
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Finding places to eat and drink in Newcastle will never be a difficult task. There are lots of options and although it is a relatively small city, there is so much variety. In this post, I will take you on an eating and drinking tour of the city and share some of my favourite places…. View Article
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Money always comes into account when you consider taking postgraduate study after you obtained your bachelor degree. But as Former U.S President Obama once said: “Education is not a luxury, it is an economic imperative”. This means there must be many ways to fund your postgraduate study, especially here in the UK. As an international… View Article
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Having studied in two different countries, one in Southern and one in Northern Europe, I noticed great differences from the very first day.  Some of them are due to the different educational system established in the two countries. The rest are mainly caused by different approaches in the management of higher education and its ultimate… 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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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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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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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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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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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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