This blog about Studying for a MSc degree was written by Jennifer Ruthe, a MSc Global Health student at The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester.

I always wanted a masters, but it wasn’t until I hit my thirties that I found an area I wanted to study. I’d been fundraising for five years by that time, mostly in health and international development. I loved the causes I worked for and knew that I wanted a career in ‘Global Health’.

As an English graduate, I was worried I didn’t have the qualifications to back this up. I thought studying for a MSc degree would give me this. More than anything though, I just wanted to learn. I love the subject, and this was my chance to find out more!

I did my homework and an MSc with the HCRI fit the bill nicely. Not only was it linked to the Red Cross and MSF (both heroes in my book) it was online, part-time and more affordable than most. So in October 2016 I took a deep breath and logged on to ‘Blackboard’ for the very first time. I handed in my final dissertation last month – and as I look back on three years’ of study, there are a few things I’d like you to know…

Basic facts about studying for a MSc degree

A commitment

Studying for an MSc degree is a big commitment. Three years is a long time and the material definitely gets more difficult. My dissertation was the one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It was so much work, and there were times when I felt like giving up. But when I clicked ‘submit’ I knew I had done my absolute best. I would love to get a distinction, but as long as I pass I’m happy.

I’ve decided to start my own business as a professional charity copywriter ( I want to use my MSc to specialise in health and international development. Maybe one day I’ll even write for the Red Cross and MSF! That would be amazing. But first thing’s first. Marks are due out in November. So until then, wish me luck!

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*This blog post was first published on The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute website. Published with permission.

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