Archaeology MRes

Emily Prtak

Archaeology MRes

What course are you currently studying?

I’m studying an Archaeology MRes.

Why did you choose postgraduate study at the University of Liverpool?

I was offered a topic by my supervisor, who I knew previously and wanted to work with. She is very interested in the topic I am studying, and therefore I knew I would get the support and encouragement required.

How do the facilities in the University help you with your studies?

The library is greatly helpful, and although the library doesn’t have everything I need I can request some books on interlibrary loan, and this system works efficiently.

What kind of support do you get from tutors?

I get support from my supervisor, which is very helpful. My supervisor gives me support in relation to my dissertation.

What do you enjoy most about the whole experience?

I enjoy attending extracurricular seminars, such as the CLAH Tuesday evening seminars and the flagship seminars (both organised by Ben Cartlidge). These seminars make me feel like part of an academic community, which makes me excited for the future and the possibility of a career in academia.

How do you believe undertaking postgraduate study will help your career prospects?

I hope that the MRes will provide a better background in research than a taught master’s would, which will help when applying for PhDs and, in turn, postgraduate research positions.

What advice would you give to anybody considering postgraduate study?

Think carefully about your career path, an MRes is probably only useful/worthwhile if you want to go into research as a career. Also make sure that you know who you would like as a dissertation supervisor before you apply for a master’s, this can be more important than the university itself. Consider contacting the person beforehand and make sure they would be willing to work with you, and are not away on research leave during the time you wish to attend the university.