"My course and the University more widely feels really international. On my course there are people from all over the world and this has really added to my experience. It has been interesting to meet people from a variety of background and cultures."
Norra chose to study a Masters in Economics to deepen the knowledge she had gained at Undergraduate level as she wanted to specialise.
"Before coming to Exeter, I was studying for my Bachelor’s degree in Social Policy and Economics at Bangor University in North Wales. Prior to that, I was in an international school in Thailand, completing my International Baccalaureate. I chose a Masters in Economics because I enjoyed the topics we covered at undergraduate level but I wanted to specialise my knowledge further. I chose to come to Exeter because it has a good reputation for the subject and due to its location in the beautiful South West of England.
I received the Global Excellence Scholarship and as Exeter was my first choice I was so thrilled to know that I could pursue the course at the University I really wanted to go to. With the cost of living in Thailand being so much lower it meant that studying in the UK was a much higher financial commitment for me. Without my scholarship, I wouldn’t have been able to study at Exeter or continue onto a Masters, and would be working instead of pursing what I really wanted to do. The scholarship sets expectations of you and gives you the motivation to perform as well as you can. I also really enjoyed the scholarship reception that all scholars were invited to, it was actually a great opportunity to make some new friends with students from lots of different subject areas outside of the Business School and all celebrate our successes.
I have found the teaching, lectures and course content to be excellent during my time here. I have found the course challenging but in a good way as I know that I have been learning something new and improving my skills and knowledge. One thing I have really enjoyed, is learning more of the practical skills which I can combine with the theory I learnt at undergraduate level. All the content has been relevant and has featured real-world case studies, I feel this mix of theory and practical experience has definitely helped me prepare for my future career.
My lecturers have been great, they are all very friendly and knowledgeable and are always open to support. The have dedicated office hours so you can pop in and see them to clarify anything you are not quite sure off and they are fully committed to supporting you through the course. You also have some great online resources to help you, such as ELE, among lots of other information your lectures are recorded and stored here. This is an incredibly helpful tool as when you might miss some information in class the first time around, you can revisit the content.
As a postgraduate student getting a job at the end of my studies was my main priority, so I have used the Careers Zone in the Business School plenty of times. They have helped me look for part-time as well as graduate roles for the future. I have also been able to book appointments to talk to a specialist to look over my CV and how I should be presenting myself in interviews. They gave me a lot of helpful hints and I saw a difference straight away in the amount of interviews I was getting. I feel like the Careers Consultants have definitely played a huge role in helping me with job hunting and preparing for interviews.
The campus is incredibly beautiful and is the perfect mix of modern and natural, there are lots of trees around so you don’t feel like you are in an overwhelming city with too many people. There are building on campus such as the Forum and the Student’s Guild that have been designed as relaxation and study spaces, I especially like the food trucks that come around every week. This gives you a great chance to keep trying out international foods!
Exeter is a great sized city for students, it is small enough to walk everywhere and get around comfortably, but also being big enough that there’s always something going on, whether that be in town or up at the University. I found it relatively easy settling into postgraduate life at Exeter. When you start at University, activities during Fresher’s week can be intimidating and overwhelming because there is so much going on. Exeter does a great job at proving you will all the information you need and there are welcome teams available to help you settle in who will tell you where you need to be and all the things you can do to make the most out your time.
My advice to students considering economics would be to consider whether you want to study straight economics on its own or whether you want to specialise in financial or behavioural economics. While the programmes are all similar and share some modules, you will end up with a slightly different skillset, so I would choose your course carefully depending on what you want to study and the career you want to go in to. I would also recommend joining some societies, if I could have my time again I would want to join more societies because they are so many opportunities for you to meet new people and try new things."
Can you sum up your Exeter experience in four words?
Exciting, challenging, opportunity, international.