Hometown: Oslo, Norway

 

About You

I have an undergraduate degree in Events Management, also from QMU. I learned about this master’s programme from my lecturers, and it seemed like an interesting course with a different approach than the traditional postgraduate degrees. I really enjoyed my Events course, however I thought that turning to a more general business degree would broaden my options in terms of future employment. I also really like QMU as a university: the fact that it is small means you have a more personal relationship with lecturers and tutors, the campus is very nice and modern and the teaching staff is great. Most of them have a lot of relevant work experience to draw on when teaching which makes it much more interesting. Many also have connections in the industry, which means that we frequently have guest lecturers.

I chose to come here to Edinburgh because I had previously visited, and I really felt at home here. It’s a beautiful city with so much charm. The city centre is small enough to not make you dependent on public transport, yet it’s a very busy place with plenty of cafes, pubs, theatres and lots of things to do. I think the Fringe festival and the Christmas market are annual highlights. The Old Town is particularly charming with so many old and beautiful buildings, and small, hidden alleys. The fact that there are several airlines with frequent, direct flights to Oslo makes it very easy for me to have visitors or go home for a weekend.

"I am really enjoying this course. I think it’s great that there only15 of us in the class, which means you get to know everyone... The structure of the course is very good, and the fact that we’re not going to write a traditional dissertation, but rather complete a project for an organisation gives us some valuable experience."
Tiril Fredriksen

The Course

I am really enjoying this course. I think it’s great that there are only 15 of us in the class, which means you get to know everyone. I also think it’s good that it’s such an international class; there are only a few students from the UK and the rest are from all over the world. The structure of the course is very good, and the fact that we’re not going to write a traditional dissertation, but rather complete a project for an organisation gives us some valuable experience.

There are more modules per semester than it was in my undergraduate degree, and it is a quite intensive course. But I think they manage to spread the assessments over a longer period of time so that we don’t have everything due at the same time. The lecturers are very supportive and always available, either through email or for meeting up for a chat. There is a lot of group work and presentations, which can be both challenging and rewarding, but it is definitely very valuable experience to have. Overall I think the mix of theory, practical group work, field trips and guest lecturers makes it a very varied and interesting course.

 Life after Graduation

I don’t know exactly what I want to do after I finish my degree. I am going to do my project in marketing, so that might be something I would like to continue with. I might also want to go into events.

 

Story published 2016 - 2017

MSc International Management and Leadership

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