Alexander Gawronski

Subject Economics
Course MSc International Economics
Country Germany
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How will your degree prepare you for what you want to do afterwards?

The MSc programme of International Economics provides students with an advanced training in International Trade and Policy accompanied with necessary Econometrics courses which guarantees quantitative and analysing skills. Since I want to proceed academically, this programme prepares me in the best way possible as there is a variety of theoretical as well as practical modules.

Do you have anything lined up for once you have completed your degree?

My plan is to proceed academically in Economics. Up to now, I do not know where, but: University of Birmingham seems to be an institution I could stay at for longer than for just one year and would be interested in applying for (again).

Have you joined any clubs or societies, gone on any research trips or done any volunteering?

Up to now I have joined the German Society. This society is not only for Germans but also for students coming from other countries who want to enhance their German language skills as well as to get to know the German culture better.  Furthermore, we organise several events, e.g. trips to Berlin, Christmas market and bar crawls.

What, for you, are the best things about the course?

The biggest advantage of my course is the small amount of students. We are 11 students which provides a more interactive way of teaching. This prepares the students more successfully for jobs than a unilateral approach. This method of learning requires students to study harder and to intensively prepare for the next lecture in order to take part in discussions. All students are enabled to share their own opinions during lectures and to speak in front of the teacher as well as the classmates which contributes to a higher level of self-confidence.

What has been the highlight of your time at Birmingham?

I have just spent 1.5 months in Birmingham so far, but this time already convinced me that I made the right decision in coming to Birmingham. One highlight is the fact that it is very easy to socialise. Since most of the students were in the same situation I was in, namely coming from another country to England, it has been easy to meet new people as everybody was very outgoing and to establish contacts.

Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?

Ever since I can remember I have wanted to work internationally. During my undergraduate studies I already spent one year abroad (in Greece) and got in touch with an international academic environment. This experience eventually convinced me of carrying on with not only postgraduate study but also studying abroad.
In 2014 I took part at a Master’s Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, and I had a compelling chat with one of the representatives of University of Birmingham. Since my majors of my undergraduate studies were International Trade and Trade Policy, the MSc in International Economics was the most suitable programme to me.

What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

In today´s world, people need to undertake postgraduate studies when they want to strive for a remarkable career and to stand out of the crowd. A reason to proceed with an academic career was to increase my specialist knowledge in Economics, which is very likely to be an advantage over undergraduates when applying for a job. Another benefit is to gain skills, e.g. team work, networking, research and organisation. Another incentive was the fact that postgraduate courses are of smaller size which guarantees a more interactive way of teaching and increasing my rhetorical skills.