Beddy-Abdel-Hamid-Mauritania

Beddy Abdel Hamid

The pre-master's course prepared me to adapt quickly to the UK higher education system. For a person like me who had never studied in English at an academic level at that time, it was just perfect!

Beddy Abdel Hamid - The pre-master's course prepared me to adapt quickly to the UK higher education system. For a person like me who had never studied in English at an academic level at that time, it was just perfect!
How did your pre-master’s course prepare you for your degree?
I think, overall, I can fairly say that my pre-master’s course prepared me well for my master’s. The course prepared me to adapt quickly to the UK higher education system. For a person like me who had never studied in English at an academic level at that time, it was just perfect! I think it was a great decision because the course prepared me so well that when I started my MSc Finance, I was not stressed about the coursework and the number of words we had to write. I would recommend it without any hesitation to anyone with a bachelor’s degree outside the UK as the pre-master’s course will help one save some valuable time in their master’s by teaching them how to paraphrase, cite sources and organise themselves  in their master’s.

What were your pre-master’s teachers/lecturers like?
My lecturers were quite cool, They were close to us and tried to help us as much as they could. Our lecturers always gave us the feeling that it is doable and that many people have done it before us, which was nice to hear. Also, I’ll give special credit to the course manager, who was my supervisor in the Extended Writing Project and who helped me so much that I went on to achieve a distinction in the course as well as winning the most improved writing project award.

What do you like most about your master’s?
The things I liked the most about my master’s were the interesting debates that we had in nearly every lecture. We always had some reading to prepare before lectures so that we could then discuss the day’s topic. The classroom environment was so great. I was also lucky to have a very good relationship with my classmates. Some of them became very close to me - our friendship will definitely stay forever.

What did you like about living in Oxford?
Oxford is just an AMAZING city! Oxford will always have a special place in my heart. I lived in Oxford for nearly two years - I just loved everything about the city. It has one of loveliest nightlifes in the UK. You get to meet many people from different cultural backgrounds coming to study or just to visit the city (one of my best friends who I met there comes from the Cayman Islands and I’m from Mauritania!!!). Could you imagine how amazing that is). I also loved it because of its historical background. And how can I not mention that some Harry Potter scenes were filmed here! I could go on all day talking about the loveliest city I’ve ever lived in.

What do you hope to do next?
I am realizing one of my childhood dreams. I got accepted recently in a very historical french university called Sciences Po, Paris for another master’s but a more specialised one. I know for sure that without the distinctions that I got in both the pre-master’s and the master’s, I would have never been able to get accepted in such a university. I, also, would like to thank my ex-professors at Oxford Brookes University for their good recommendations.