What our students say
What our students say
Rachel Bean, UK (2017-18)
‘I feel that you really get a sense of what kinds of opportunities are available to you and they really encourage you to get involved in things outside of your own research.’
Why did you choose this programme at the University of Glasgow?
I chose to study Global Migrations & Social Justice because I had been volunteering with migrants and refugees for some time and I wanted to broaden my knowledge about the issues facing displaced persons in the world today. The programme really stood out to me because it is the only Masters of its kind in Scotland and the opportunity to collaborate with GRAMNet was a real advantage. The depth and breadth of the programme is really impressive and the lecturers are very well established in their respective fields and have a wealth of both academic and real world experience. I would highly recommend the it!
Could you describe what an average week in your programme looks like?
We have three courses in semesters 1 and 2 and a dissertation project in the final semester. For me, each course was a 1 hour lecture and a 1 hour of seminar per week - 6 hours in total - but some of my friends had longer lectures depending on their modules. As well as lectures, we were frequently invited to events, such as plays and talks that were relevant to our studies. Glasgow really is a fantastic place to be for anyone interested in this field.
What part of your programme did you enjoy the most?
Besides the regular events, I really enjoyed the Round Table discussion we had as part of our Public social science course. We heard from refugees, journalists, and academics about their experiences of working in this field and we were given the opportunity to ask them questions. It was an incredibly useful discussion. I feel that you really get a sense of what kinds of opportunities are available to you and they really encourage you to get involved in things outside of your own research. As a direct result of one of the talks that we attended, I started volunteering for Awaz, a charity that supports South East Asian migrants living in Glasgow. I designed an exhibition about migration to Glasgow in the 1950s and 60s that was held at Tramway and the Scottish Parliament. The knowledge I acquired from the course really helped me in my volunteer work, and definitely made me stand out as an applicant.
How do you feel your programme helped you/will help you with your career plans
I’ve already seen how advantageous this degree has been. I think this is because it aligns so strongly with the kinds of jobs that I’m interested in, mostly in charity and frontline work, and there are very few Masters programmes like it! I now feel confident in my own knowledge about the kinds of issues facing migrants and refugees in the world today and I have a much stronger ethical and social awareness that can only be gained from talking to people working in the field.
What is it like to study the programme and live here as a student?
I was an undergraduate student at the University of Glasgow and after a year abroad I decided to come back here to do my Masters degree. I love being a student here, and as a Global Migrations & Social Justice student, it really is one of the best cities to be in.