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 by Mark Bennett
, posted on 21 Oct '20

What Happens at a Virtual Postgrad Fair, Anyway?

Spoiler: virtual postgrad fairs don't include virtual reality, or rides (sorry) but the Masters degrees and other programmes they'll help you find out about and apply for aren't virtual either. So there's that.

Chances are you've got a rough idea of what to expect from a physical study event. You might have been to a UCAS fair here in the UK before your undergraduate degree, or attended something similar in your home country. Or you might simply be able to imagine what a study fair looks like (if you're thinking 'lots of university stands in a big room', you aren't far off).

The problem, right now, is that putting lots of university representatives and prospective students in a big room wouldn't really be a good idea. So we aren't. Instead, we're taking our popular postgraduate study fairs online, with Masters events on the 11 and 12 of November.

Things are a little different, but they're still well worth your time (and hey, it's not like you need to travel).

There's lots of universities...

Let's be honest: it wouldn't be much of a study fair otherwise.

We currently have over 75 universities coming to our virtual Masters events. You'll be able to chat with each one separately, at a time that suits you. Perfect if you have questions for specific institutions, but equally great if you want to learn about options you haven't considered yet.

...and more representatives to talk to

One of the advantages of a virtual event is that it's easier to attend: no travel, no accommodation, no expensive coffee shop lunches. And what's true for you is true for the universities. They can send more representatives from different subject areas, including research staff and prospective supervisors. That means you're able to have more detailed and specific conversations right away.

And because we'll have a wider range of university representatives, we're able to split the event into two separate days: one for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and one for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine. You can come to both if you like.

The talks programme can get really detailed

Having separate AHSS and STEM days also means we can tailor our talks programmes. We'll be covering applications and funding in both days, but can now get a lot more detailed in each talk.

I'll be covering applications and funding, plus we'll also have experts to talk about international study and what it means to do a Masters during the coronavirus pandemic..

You can still ask questions

All of our university exhibitors will be available to chat on their virtual stands from 11-4pm. Unfortunately, they won't be able to give away pens, stickers and other freebies, but the 'queues' will be a lot shorter.

We'll also be taking Q&A after each of our talks, so you can ask follow-up questions or get a bit of extra advice tailored to your situation.

And yes, we will be talking about you-know-what

No one knows exactly what postgrad study will look like next year, but our university representatives will be able to explain some of the possibilities: how they'll support research students, how programmes will work with remote learning, how funding will work, and more.

We'll also be running a special panel discussion on each day, with current Masters students and university lecturers explaining how the coronavirus is (and isn't!) affecting their work right now.

Find out more

So there you have it. A virtual event like is a little different to the study fairs we'd normally run, but, all things considered, it's still an excellent way to find out more about postgrad study next year.

You can register for a free ticket now. Don't forget to say 'hello' during the talks programme!




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