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Emma Wilson

Environmental Health MSc

Where are you from?

Chorley, Lancashire

What undergraduate course did you study and where?

Biomedical Science BSC at Lancaster University

Why did you decide to study a Masters? Was it your passion for the subject, to fast track your career, or find a new one?

I have been interested in Environmental Health since I left University and thought that this course would be a great starting point for a new career.

Why did you choose Northumbria University? Why did you choose your specific course?

I had been looking for a masters in Environmental Health for a while but there a very few in the north so was delighted when this course became available.

What makes your course challenging/inspiring/different? How would you sum up the difference between undergraduate and postgraduate study?

The course is intense and you are expected to do a large amount of independent study. Depending on your background there may be some modules that you find very easy and some that you find challenging. We have people on our course which have come from various backgrounds but the course is designed very well to incorporate all levels of experience. Furthermore should you need help with a subject that you are particularly struggling with the tutors are approachable and very willing to help.

What was it like studying at Northumbria? What are the different ways that you learn on your course?

The teaching styles are very varied on this course. The lectures and seminars are very interactive and encourage active discussion. We often have guest lectures and there plenty of field trip to allow you to put the lectures into context in a real world setting.

How connected is your course with industry? Do you have the opportunity of a placement?

Having worked in Environmental Health for many years the lectures have numerous contacts.

What impressed you the most about our academic staff?

Most of the Environmental Health staff have worked in the profession so have a huge knowledge base that you can gain from. The lectures are mindful that the majority of people have to work during their masters so always do their best to timetable things to incorporate this. As this is a new course they have taken any feedback on board and have implemented changes to improve the course.

How accessible do you find our staff?

Staff are very accessible and supportive.

As a postgraduate student, what aspects of university are important to you?

I believe that this course has been a great start to help me to succeed in a career in Environmental Health.

What doors do you think this course will open for you? How will your course help you achieve your career goals?

I have made some great contacts with people in the environmental health profession.

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