Linguistics and English Language Integrated PhD

Eva M

Student Profile

About me

Name: Eva
Course: Linguistics MA
Study mode: Full time
Where I’m from: Finland

Choosing Newcastle

My previous study was in Finland, and before undertaking this course I was a language teacher. I chose the course at Newcastle because I was interested in the pathway concerning language acquisition, and I went for the taught course to get a broader understanding of my subject and update my knowledge about the area.

Studying at Newcastle

I enjoy the fact that it is easy to get in touch with staff, my tutor is always available, and there is always somebody you can talk to. The atmosphere is informal, and you get to know your lecturers on first name terms. The seminars provoke good discussion, and other students, not just lecturers, give their opinions on topics brought up in these seminars. Our optional modules allow us to investigate different avenues of the subject, and you have the option to take modules from different Schools, and work with lecturers who have different levels of experience.

The workload can be high, but it varies between modules, as does the class-size. The University has an excellent gym, and there are various classes available, including yoga and combat classes. It also has a well-equipped library with professional and approachable staff, and the online resources are easy to access.

Postgraduate community

I frequently use various common rooms on the campus and various coffee places in and around the campus provide space also for student meetings, my favourite common rooms being the PG suite in the School of English and the Media common room because of the amount of space they both have.

Funding my studies

I am self-funding my studies.

Career aspirations

I am currently taking part in the NCL+ scheme, which gives you a certificate for the non-academic things you take part in at university, such as voluntary work, and helps you to reflect on what you’ve done and how the skills you develop can benefit you professionally. I am also involved in the mentoring scheme run by the Careers Service, which is a programme similar to work shadowing, and can give you an idea of what the professional world is like.

I am also giving German conversation classes once a week at the Language Resource Centre to get more practical work experience.


I am staying privately in Jesmond with my partner, which is close to the University and the city centre. The Metro stops in Jesmond and West Jesmond make life easy, especially when the weather’s bad.

Living in Newcastle

The Student Union provided great and affordable opportunities to meet other people, such as ‘Give It A Go’, through which I have tried Irish Dancing, First Aid, learnt some Chinese, tried ballroom dancing, been on a brewery tour, and I’m due to go to Leeds to visit a Christmas market. Also, the tandem scheme at the Language Resource Centre offers opportunities to further your language skills and meet new people – I regularly meet a Turkish lady to exchange languages. The numerous societies at the Students’ Union also offer opportunities to meet people.

Newcastle is a perfect size, not too small or too big. It has a vibrant cultural and art scene, catering to students’ needs with student discounts. Also, its location means it is easy and quick to access the North of England and Scotland which is perfect for little weekend trips.

Remembering Newcastle

It is too early to say what my highlight at Newcastle is, as I have just started my studies, but I am looking forward to it!