Preparing for Postgraduate Life

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Wondering what the difference from Undergrad to Postgrad life is like? Here’s some advice on what to expect to help you prepare.

Organisation

Image of a plannerKeeping organised is important during your Postgrad studies to stay ahead of your work. The workload may feel heavier but you’ll be able to keep on top of it if you get prepared and start to plan your working days. You’re expected to do independent work outside of the timetabled hours, similar to your Undergraduate years. However, it is common for the amount of independent study hours to increase for your time as a Postgraduate.

You’ll be able to find out what is expected from you from your department. A great way to ensure you’re completing all of your work is to timetable in your independent work, such as scheduling in an extra couple of hours after your lecture on campus. Writing yourselves daily and/or weekly to-do lists can help you to reach those deadlines too.

Networking

Don’t be afraid to attend events to meet likeminded Postgraduates. There are several events hosted throughout the year which give you the opportunity to come along in an informal manner to chat to other Postgraduate students, starting with our Postgraduate Social Mixer in Welcome Week.

Graphic advertising the Postgraduate Social MixerThese events are great to make new friends and learn what other students are studying here at the University. This also allows you to meet your Postgraduate Officer for the year ahead, Ben, who is there to support and represent you through your studies or research. If you have any concerns or questions during your time here, don’t hesitate to drop Ben an email, a message on social media or pop into the Officers' office for a chat.

Balancing life

Regardless of how long you’re here for, make sure to maximise your opportunities. Join societies, try a new sport, run in the elections - anything to get yourself involved in university life.

Readings

Finally, make sure to get ahead of your readings as you may be expected to teach yourself some content. A good tip is to treat every reading, including the optional readings, as essential. This allows you to get ahead on any work for future assignments.

 

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