Yiwen Li

Art, Aesthetics and Cultural Institutions MA

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

There are two reasons why I chose to study at the University of Liverpool. Firstly, Art, Aesthetics and Cultural Institutions MA is a subject which involves both theory and practice.  I studied design at undergraduate level and I wanted to enrich myself with more theoretical knowledge so studying in philosophy department has given me a chance to do this. Secondly, people in Liverpool are kind and friendly. Although it sound like a normal expectation, it is very important for an international student.

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

I think the best thing in my course is that every student needs to have an internship in different cultural institutions as a part of the study, which not only complements the theory but also gives students more options for future careers.

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

The facility I use the most is the library. There is a rich collection of books and convenient computer services. I like the design of different noise levels at different floors and there are various study areas to satisfy individual needs and favours.

What kind of support do you get from lecturers?

We have meetings with lecturers about our studies, internships and how to improve the courses. I get a lot of supports from my tutors about essays and we are able to discuss topics in meetings or by email. There are also English classes especially for international students.

What do you enjoy most about the whole experience?

To study in a foreign country is a very interesting and precious experience for me. I have grown up a lot during this year and have made many attempts to improve myself. Also studying philosophy formed my capacity for critical thinking and to look into the depth of an issue, which has helped me in both life and study. What impresses me the most is that people from different backgrounds and ages are treated equally and young people get plenty opportunities in the society. That is something I really respect and admire about this country.

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

As the Art, Aesthetics and Cultural Institutions MA is a programme combines theory with practical study, I have the knowledge to choose either to work for museums and galleries or continue my academic study when I graduate.

What advice would you give to anybody considering postgraduate study?

I would say always be confident in yourself because postgraduate study is more about one’s own development. So if you want something then just go for it, there is no harm in giving it a try. 

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