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Our students from Australia

Students and graduates from your country share their experiences of living and studying with us.

Name: Daniel Nicholson
Country: Melbourne, Australia
Course: MSc Social Science Research Methods, progressing to PhD in Industrial Relations
Year of Graduation: 2012

Daniel arrived in Cardiff last September form Melbourne to do his PhD at Cardiff Business School while trying to see as much of Europe as possible while he is here.

Tell us about your course. How is it different from studying back home?

The first year of my studies here is a master’s in Social Science Research Methods, before I progress to do a PhD in Industrial Relations. The first year has been a steep learning curve, but also very exciting. The standard of scholarship here is very high, which has pushed me to work hard. But the opportunity to learn from world class academics is worth the long hours in the library.

What have you enjoyed most about studying at Cardiff University?

The best the part about studying at Cardiff University is the way students are supported and motivated by their colleagues and by staff. I know that I am getting the most out of my PhD because I am surrounded by people who simultaneously challenge me and have my back.

What is the best thing about living in Cardiff?

The best thing about Cardiff is the size of the city. Because Cardiff is small, the pace of life is relaxed and people are friendly. But because it’s the capital of Wales you still have all the opportunities of a big European city: gigs, sporting events, theatre, good restaurants and night life.

Are you a member of any clubs or societies? If so, what’s it like to be part of a society?

I am a member of the Cardiff University Amateur Boxing Club. The people are lovely, and the boxing is of a high standard. But more importantly, the Club puts on lots of social events so you can meet people.

How has the University supported you during your time here?

The University has been incredibly supportive of me during my time here. My supervisors have helped me find funding for my research and for training opportunities. They are also very generous with their time.

The whole Business School seems to take an interest in the research of PhD students who are treated as colleagues, which is not the case in every university. There is also an emphasis placed on the wellbeing of students here, so I feel very supported.

What would your advice be for prospective students thinking about coming to Cardiff?

Cardiff is the ideal place to study while exploring Europe. The Welsh people are incredibly warm and you won’t run into an Australian in every pub or coffee shop like you would in London!

What are your plans for the future?

First, finish my PhD! I will worry about what comes next after that…