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After 30 years of living in England, working as a therapist in a specialist NHS service in a prison with high risk men, I moved to Edinburgh. I knew that as a nurse, with my specialist background , I would be able to get sufficient work in the short term.

Many of the jobs I wanted to apply for asked for masters level qualification or equivalent experience. Although I had suitable experience I felt I needed a masters qualification to really strengthen my hand. As a manager in healthcare I held a number of leadership roles so this course seemed like a perfect fit for me.

I had known about QMU through a family connection and was impressed by the different projects and initiatives that were being conducted. The size of QMU appealed as I wanted to study somewhere I could develop relationships with the lecturers and fellow students.

The course modules were a mixture of topics relating to management and leadership and, while some were more enjoyable than others, I embraced learning about aspects of management I hadn't previously known much about. Most of the assignments required some sort of collaborative approach with fellow students and I found this a great learning experience. I think it worked well because the process of learning together meant we gained more than if we were working on our own. One aspect of the course that I particularly valued was the engagement with people and businesses outside of the University. We had access to places and guest lecturers that we would never normally come across in our working lives. Getting different perspectives on how other industries worked in the real world was a real strength of the course.

 

"One aspect of the course that I particularly valued was the engagement with people and businesses outside of the University. We had access to places and guest lecturers that we would never normally come across in our working lives. Getting different perspectives on how other industries worked in the real world was a real strength of the course."
Des Quinn

I went through a brief period when I felt a bit overwhelmed with the workload, however, the lecturers and library staff were fantastic and the advice and support they offered really encouraged me. I had a real sense of all staff feeling strongly invested in helping students achieve their goals.

Whilst studying I did some work as a "bank" Staff Nurse at a small hospital that specialises in young people with mental health issues. I also wrote court reports on mentally disordered offenders, as this was an area where I had extensive experience. I'm now the Hospital Director at this hospital and I am also working on a digital product that the University helped me to develop through one of the course modules. This has gone from simply being an idea I occasionally talked about, to something with real potential.

The year of study was a real roller-coaster of a journey and one which I would recommend to anyone who wants to enrich their life.

MSc International Management and Leadership

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