- Course: MSc Transport Economics
- Nationality: Romanian
Why did you choose to study this course at the Institute for Transport Studies?
I chose to study Transport Economics firstly because it was recommended to me by former students. A number of professors spoke highly of it too. I also heard good things about the employment prospects. The quality of the teaching is indisputable; many professors here are world-renowned. So having had a choice between a number of economics courses, I picked this one as it both an applied course and one relevant to interdisciplinary issues, such as sustainable development.
What has been the best aspect of studying your course so far and why?
The best aspect (aside from essays and coursework, of course!) were the people at the Institute. My course mates come from different places and we had a very good time hanging out and studying together. Not only were they interesting people but very competent as well, most of them having impressing work experience. The staff were very supportive too, all my queries were promptly answered and I received good guidance from my personal tutor.
How have the Institute’s links with industry made a difference to your studies?
The links with industry which ITS has are outstanding. I could attend a host of relevant talks, chat with employers, discuss with people from the industry and alumni at get-togethers and other events. Meeting all these people gave me a flavor of what my future career will be about, and of its actual challenges.
How has the Institute’s link with industry improved your future job prospects?
Studying here made a huge difference to my job prospects. Whilst talking to potential employers at job interviews I did not feel the need to search a lot through my head for something relevant to say. All the teaching and extra-curricular I completed here were relevant. The good reputation of the Institute played its part too and helped me attend numerous interviews.
Have you been on any field trips? If so, what was your experience of these?
The field trips were good fun, and always well-organised. They added to the teaching in a different way. For instance, talking about transport as an economic catalyst in class is one thing. Visiting the grounds of a regeneration area is another, and gives you a lot to think about the complicated logistics, co-operation, and funding required to improve the place.
What would you say to students coming to do the same course?
All the resources will be provided to you. If you are motivated and willing to get stuck in the work you will get many things out of it.