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Why you should come to our next Postgraduate Open Day

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Hi, I’m Chris and I’m the Events Officer here at the University of Sunderland. I’m here to tell you all about our next Postgraduate Open Day which is taking place on Wednesday 15 February 2023. This event is for anyone who is interested in studying a postgraduate course here at Sunderland, whether you’re just about to finish your undergraduate degree, or you’ve been out of education for a while. 

Our Postgraduate Open Days are great opportunities to learn more about the courses we offer, meet academic staff, and speak to experts about student finance and accommodation options. Here are some more great reasons why you should come to our next Postgraduate Open Day:

Get a confidence boost

Coming to an Open Day is the first step in your postgraduate student journey. If you’ve been out of education for a while, making the choice to come back and retrain or update your knowledge can be daunting. Worries about assignment writing and referencing, 'keeping up’ in classes, and the step up from undergraduate study are common concerns we hear at Open Days. But we’ve got plenty of people for you to meet who will reassure you that you can do it! 

Speak to academics who teach on our postgraduate courses – they can tell you about the modules you’ll study and what to expect assignment-wise. They’ll also tell you about the support on offer, such as personal tutors, peer support and our student support services – many of which will have a representative you can speak to during the Open Day. You’ll also see other prospective students in attendance, so you can be reassured that you’re not alone!

And don’t worry if you need to bring your partner or kids along with you to the event – all are welcome!

So, come to an Open Day and gain confidence in your decision to study for a postgraduate degree.

Discover your fresh start

If you’re stuck in a profession that isn’t working for you anymore, have you considered that postgraduate study could be your fresh start? We offer a selection of conversion courses, which are Master’s degrees that enable you to change career direction. Come along to the Open Day and find out which course is right for you.

Learn about student finance and scholarships

Student finance is a popular topic of discussion at an Open Day. If you’re unsure about funding opportunities for postgraduate students, I’d recommend attending the ‘Funding Postgraduate Study (for UK/EU students)’ talk to get all the information you need.

You can also speak to our Student Financial Consultants, who will be at the Open Day to provide confidential and impartial financial advice. Check out our postgraduate fees and funding page before you arrive, which may give you some idea of what you could be entitled to, as well as give you the opportunity to write down any questions you might have for our consultants. Don’t forget to ask about our postgraduate scholarships and bursaries that you could take advantage of to help with any course or study costs.

See our accommodation

You may require accommodation while you study, so you’ll want to see what we have on offer. During this Open Day, you can visit Scotia Quay, which offers flats to postgraduate students, including one-bedroom flats which are available for couples.

For more information and to book your place on the tour, head to the registration desk which will be located in the Gateway Building.

Current student? See a new side of Sunderland

Are you a current undergraduate student at Sunderland? You’ll know what the University has to offer already, but by coming to the Postgraduate Open Day you could discover a side of Sunderland you might not have seen before.

If you’ve been considering postgraduate study but aren’t sure what this entails, I’d suggest coming along to the ‘Discover Postgraduate Study’ talk to learn more. You might want to study a course in a different Faculty or School, so head to the subject stands to speak to academics and find out what is required for entry onto your chosen course.

And although you’ll know your way around, I’d still recommend attending a campus tour, particularly if you’re not as familiar with some of the facilities at one of our campuses. Tours are available for both City Campus and the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s and will be running regularly throughout the event.

Get support with travel expenses

As the cost of living is increasing, we understand how expensive travel can be right now. So, to help you with expenses we’re offering a travel bursary for our Open Days. If you’re based in the UK and live more than 20 miles away from the University, you could claim back up to £100, depending on your location. Check out the terms and conditions to learn more about our travel bursary and find out how much you could be entitled to.

If you’re travelling by car, you’ll benefit from free parking on campus, so you can really make the most of your visit.

Key details

That’s just some of the reasons to come to our next Postgraduate Open Day. As a reminder, here are the key details you need to know:

Date: Wednesday 15 February 2023
Time: 4pm until 7pm
Location: Wearside View, Sir Tom Cowie Campus, St Peter's, Sunderland, SR6 0AN

Keep checking our Open Day pages for further information about this event, including how to book your place.

Looking forward to seeing you on campus soon!

Published: 13 September 2022