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Beilei Zhang

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The Pre-masters has really improved my confidence and helped me to feel more relaxed about studying for my Masters degree.

Beilei Zhang, China

Introducing Beilei Zhang

  • Country: China
  • Studied: Pre-masters in Business & Management Leading to MSc Finance

Why did you decide to study for a Masters?

I will be able to learn more about the subjects I love. During my Masters, I will also get to know faculty members, guest lecturers and business experts to make great connections that will help me in the future. This will develop my personal and professional skills, such as independence, self-motivation and time management. I know that gaining a Masters degree will accelerate my career growth.

What did you study previously?

I attended Wenzhou University, Zhejiang province, China to become a secretary (2003-2006).

Did you start the Pre-masters straight after earning your undergraduate degree?

After I graduated, I worked at the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in Wenzhou city for three years.

How did you find the application process?

I followed the step-by-step guide on the UPIC website and I found it quite straightforward.

How did you find the pre-departure webinar, orientations guides and travel info prior to arrival?

It was very helpful.

Have you visited the UK before?

I moved to the UK in 2009.

Why did you choose to study in Plymouth?

I was born in Wenzhou which is a seaside city in southeast China. I partly chose Plymouth because of its location and reputation as Britain’s Ocean City! UPIC has a pre-Masters course that can connect my long gap years. I was automatically transferred to the University of Plymouth after I passed the pre-Masters. This was a fabulous opportunity for me to upgrade my education qualification.

When you arrived, what were your first impressions of Plymouth?

Plymouth is a vibrant city, home to breathtaking views which makes me feel motivated to explore the waterfront.

Do you enjoy living here? (city life/coastal location)

Yes, I enjoy living here. I prefer a coastal location as I like the sea view.

Where is your favourite place on campus?

My favourite place on campus is the Charles Seale-Hayne Library, which includes a Student Hub and careers service. It’s also a great place to ask for help with digital skills. There are plenty of study rooms and the computers are free to use. My favourite café is Drake’s Kitchen, because it serves traditional English breakfast and offers buy 1 get 1 free on hot drinks.

What do you think of the accommodation?

It is brand-new and close to the University.

What do you think of the teaching at UPIC?

I found that the tutors actively encourage and support the students, and I’ve learned Critical Thinking from Dr Sarah. She helped me to build the thinking that will be essential for learning from other research or studies. This is a very important skill for studying at the University. It makes my life a lot easier! Dr Martin teaches the Research Methodology module, which is really helpful to know most of the information about the dissertation for postgraduate. It can save a huge amount of time to prepare the dissertation based on this knowledge. I learn about teamwork from the Interactive Learning Skills and Communication module, this is a transfer skill I can use in the workplace when I go back.

How have you found the change in level from undergraduate to postgraduate?

The MSc Finance degree is only one year. Studying at the postgraduate level is quicker, but the work is at a higher and more complex level. I need to spend more time researching my interesting area. I have to preview and review the lectures every time.

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Highly recommend: 10/10.

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Highly recommend: 10/10.

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