School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Rachel Cant

Rachel Cant

MA Education Research

Nationality: British
Year graduated: 2014

Choosing Newcastle

As someone interested in educational psychology, I’m glad I did the course at Newcastle.

It offered me an opportunity to delve into various areas of research I had little experience of. But I could maintain a focus on education.

The course

Seeing a research project through from start to finish was the most rewarding experience. Having the autonomy and responsibility just isn’t seen in undergraduate study.

The taught aspects of the course were also interesting. They opened my eyes to areas of education I might not otherwise have considered.

Being a postgraduate

Studying at university the second time around was different to being an undergraduate. There was less focus on the opportunities of being a student for the first time.

This made way for deeper immersion in my subject area. But I didn't feel like I was sacrificing life experiences.

Postgraduate community

Due to the HASS programme, I felt part of a community of postgraduate researchers. This is despite us coming from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.


I’d lived in Newcastle since starting my undergraduate degree. I was renting private accommodation with my partner and a friend by the time I started my Master’s.

Living in Newcastle

I love this city. It’s small enough to have a friendly atmosphere, without losing vibrancy. It is in such a beautiful part of the country.

I’ve lived here for more than five years now and am not planning to leave anytime soon.