Mwale Mutale

Environmental Assessment and Management MSc (Part-time)

Why did you choose master’s study at the University of Liverpool?

The combination of modules on the MSc course fitted very well with the topic areas I wanted to pursue. The course is also accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and through completion of the required modules, I have been able to automatically upgrade my existing membership with IEMA. This was a particularly attractive feature for me as I currently work as an Environmental Consultant while studying part-time. It is something that would also be useful for students who will be entering the job market after they graduate, as it will help to give them an added edge.

What’s the best thing about studying in your department?

It is really inspiring to be taught by academic staff who have such an in-depth knowledge of their specialisms and who integrate current affairs and publications into their teaching. This makes the course more engaging and keeps the content relevant as well as relatable to practical application in the real world. 

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

I live off campus so it is convenient that all the key university facilities are within walking distance of each other and that there is 24-hour access to the library facilities. This comes in handy if you need to work late or want to get an early morning start. The transition to electronic only submission for coursework has also proved beneficial, as I can submit coursework online without needing to go onto campus to submit a hard copy – which also saves on lots of printing!

What kind of support do you get from tutors?

Juggling part-time study with a career comes with its own challenges and I have been very fortunate to have all the support from my tutors. They are incredibly knowledgeable and go the extra mile to provide help and guidance when needed. They definitely push you to realise your potential.  

What do you enjoy most about the whole experience?

I completed my undergraduate degree six years ago so it has been quite refreshing and enjoyable for me to return to a learning environment and to be able to develop a deeper understanding of new and stimulating concepts.

How do you believe undertaking a master’s will help your career prospects?

As I previously mentioned, the combination of modules on the course aligned well with the topic areas I wanted to pursue and I have been able to apply a lot of the information I have learned during my studies into my day to day consulting work. In addition, gaining an accredited post graduate degree is something that will support my progression up the career ladder. 

What advice would you give to anybody considering postgraduate study?

Come prepared to put in the hours and to work hard! It will be challenging at times, however the knowledge, skills and post graduate qualification you will gain at the end of it will be worth it.

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