Interview with QMU postgraduate student, Sarah Glasgow: MSc Strategic Communications and Public Relations

Sarah Glasgow, 26, from Edinburgh, is currently studying MSc Strategic Communications and Public Relations at QMU a year earlier than she expected, after taking advantage of a new fast-track postgraduate study opportunity at the University. Having already completed the first three years of the BA Public Relations, Marketing and Events at QMU, Sarah discovered that there was a chance for her to transfer directly on to the MSc Strategic Communications and Public Relations in her fourth year rather than continuing to the honours year of her QMU undergraduate degree.Sarah passed her third year with the grades she needed so was successfully admitted on to the MSc Strategic Communications and Public Relations at QMU in autumn 2016.

Sarah had come to QMU originally as a mature student and was interested in this possibility of leaving with a masters degree in a shorter time-frame. The fast-track postgraduate study opportunity meant she was able to achieve this ambition, whilst combining part-time work in Edinburgh with her university studies. With enhanced postgraduate funding coming on stream in September 2017, Sarah shares her experiences with other QMU PR students who might be interested in following this route.

What has been the most interesting part of studying MSc Strategic Communications and Public Relations at QMU?

For me, the MSc Strategic Communications and Public Relations at QMU gave me the invaluable experience of working with real commercial clients. I found that the course was really practical, which I feel has helped me prepare better for my future career.

I also enjoyed the option of completing a student-initiated module, which I had shied away from during my undergraduate course. I found this module challenging but the satisfaction of completing your own project was worth it. It has really helped me prepare for my masters project as not doing my honours year meant I hadn’t had the experience of completing a dissertation.

What are your top tips for students who might be interested in this course?

My advice for students who are thinking of going straight from the third year of QMU’s undergraduate PR programme to the MSc Strategic Communications and Public Relations would be to go for it! I have found this course so rewarding.

The biggest learning curve for me was realising that I had to turn everything up a notch to masters level, including my reading and critical writing, but once that fell into place after the first couple of assignments, I really enjoyed my studies.

Lastly, I’d say to take advantage of the PR events that go on throughout the year. My particular highlight was volunteering at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) PRide Awards 2016.

What are your plans after graduating from QMU?

After graduating from QMU in 2017, I plan to take a couple of months off to travel in America before pursuing a career in internal communications for a large organisation, rather than an agency.

"For me, the MSc Strategic Communications and Public Relations at QMU gave me the invaluable experience of working with real commercial clients. I found that the course was really practical, which I feel has helped me prepare better for my future career."
Sarah Glasgow, MSc Strategic Communications and Public Relations

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