Jennifer Allen (MSc Higher Education)(video)

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Tell us something about what you were doing before you came to Oxford

In 2008, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication. Following this, I worked in the editorial department of a book publishing company.

What do you like most about studying in the Department of Education?

The Department of Education at Oxford has a really vibrant environment and supportive community of staff and students.

What attracted you to the programme of study here?

When I looked at Oxford’s programme, I really liked that the master’s degree included both coursework and a dissertation. This combination allowed me to learn about a wide range of educational issues before selecting an area of interest for my own research.

What qualities do you think an Education student at Oxford needs to have in order to be successful?

To be a successful Education student at Oxford, you must be determined, self-motivated, and dedicated. The courses here require a great deal of effort, but this must come from the student. You have to walk in with some determination, motivation, and dedication in order to get the most out of your course.

We hope that you would recommend the Department of Education as a place to come and study. What reasons would you give for this?

My favourite thing about the Department of Education is the diverse range of interests among staff and students. If you suddenly find yourself interested in what seems like a random educational topic, it’s really easy to find someone with whom you can discuss it. Moreover, both staff and students within the Department are very open and willing to help each other work through problems and questions encountered during the course of research.

What are your career ambitions after you complete the course?

My goal upon completing the course is to work in university administration. I’m specifically interested in positions that give me the opportunity to interact with and help students.

If I knew before I started the course what I know now, I would….

I would have started reading about current UK educational issues sooner. This would have given me a big head start on the course!

Page last modified: September 11, 2012

Programme of study


MSc (Higher Education)