Meet our postgraduate students

Student stories

The journey to postgraduate study can take many paths. You may want to follow your passion, boost your career, reshape your future or simply have a desire to take a deeper look into your subject area.

These students have shared their journey with us and reveal what inspired them to take that next challenging step in their academic career.

PhD student Bowen Shang

Following my passion

Finding your passion for a subject is not always a straightforward journey. Bowen Shang’s route to studying for a PhD in Marketing began with a first degree in Chemistry.

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Danielle Roe with arms raised in front of a dramatic sky

Ready to take on the world

There was a time when Danielle Roe lacked confidence. But, having completed our MRes in Social Sciences and Humanities, she now feels ready to take on the world.

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Jill Baker reading

Reshaping my future

Jill Baker had a plan. She was going to finish her Education Studies BA (Hons) at Derby then head abroad to live and teach. But plans change. Jill has stayed to study for an MA in Education.

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Law student Nta Nta

Improving my prospects

Lawyer Nta Nta from Nigeria knew a postgraduate degree would increase his knowledge in his chosen specialism and improve his career prospects. He is now studying for our Master of Laws (LLM) at Derby.

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Charlie Bell

How Charlie changed direction with a Masters

"My tutors and lecturers were all fantastic, answering any questions I had, meeting with me to discuss the material and providing great feedback that enabled me to gain a Distinction."

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Laura Stroud

How Laura rewrote her story

"The MA has given me the subject knowledge and academic confidence to teach in my chosen discipline. Without the encouragement from my tutors I wouldn’t be teaching others to write too."

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Postgraduate student Marge Tang

How Marge kept her options open with postgraduate study

"My time at university has greatly helped me towards my future; I have gained skills and experiences that employers are looking for, and built my networks and confidence."

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Postgraduate student Manaal Mulla

Manaal’s move to Derby reaps career benefits

"I’ve really enjoyed my experience on the course so far at Derby and I look forward to becoming a registered psychotherapist."

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Postgraduate student Nicole Burton

How Nicole used postgraduate study to set her apart

"I’ve benefited a lot from postgraduate study – having a Masters helps to set you apart, and I’m excited for what's to come."

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Criminal Investigation graduate Ellen Collum

Ellen's Masters opens the door to fighting financial crime

Ellen Collum is putting her undergraduate and postgraduate studies to good use, fighting financial crime as a compliance officer at Santander.

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