More about Sarah
"I decided to study at NTU as I was excited that the MA Sociology course was being redesigned to include the underlying principles of service learning and community engagement. This is what I believe Sociology at this level should be pursuing.
"I was attracted to the MA Sociology course because of the values that the staff have and how these are incorporated into the newly designed master's programme. I was happy to see that it could be studied part-time, which has allowed me to continue working (albeit 32 hours a week).
"It was important for me to know the course had progression routes and opportunities outside of the classroom. I wanted to further my understanding of the social world and when I saw there were opportunities to work in the community as part of the Service Learning module, I was very pleased.
"What stood out for me on the course was the service learning element. I felt that NTU were leading the way on the new emerging type of public sociology that other academics were writing about but not necessarily putting into practice.
"I use NOW, the NTU online workspace. I like how all of the lecture slides and materials are uploaded on to NOW and that you can access your timetable too. I like that there is a chat room facility whereby some lecturers host online seminars.
"My course will benefit my employer as I am learning a lot about the theory of my work and am able to put it into practice for my organisation. I am building links with the community through my course, which helps in my day job too.
"My greatest achievement as a postgraduate student so far has been achieving a high distinction and my lecturer working with me to make this piece of work publishable. In the future I want to become an academic and undertake a PhD in the field of Sociology.
"Studying Sociology at NTU gives you many opportunities to explore the social world outside of the lecture theatre. My advice to prospective students would be to utilise the knowledge of the lecturers and the community around you to further your studies and your sociological imagination."