In an attempt to enhance the employability and overall career prospects of international students, the UK universities are now offering courses Masters (MSc) programs with Professional Internships. Recently additions are Masters with 1-Year Paid Internships at Queen’s University Belfast. These courses are 2-year Masters programs, and come with guaranteed paid internships. Hence, students get a chance to gain real world experience in a company and also to recover a substantial part of their investments.
Earlier UK Universities like University of Leicester, University of Nottingham, De Montfort University, Northumbria University and Brunel University London had introduced Postgraduate programs with paid internships. In fact, De Montfort University (among Top 10 in the UK for graduate employability rate) offers guaranteed paid internships for all international students, and few programs with 1-year placements.
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Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), a member of the prestigious Russell Group, the league that comprises of Oxford and Cambridge, and equivalent to the Ivy League in the US. QUB is situated in the scenic Belfast city – a vibrant, multicultural and affordable city in the Northern Ireland. QUB has also got the following attractions:
- Among the Top 20 in the UK, and Top 200 in the World (QS and THE)
- Top 10 in the UK for research
- 1 in the UK for revenue generation from intellectual property, industry partnerships and patents
- Situated in Belfast, the most affordable student city in the UK
Masters with 1-Year Paid Internships at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB)
MSc Electronics with Professional Internship
It is a 2-year program with 1 year of professional internship. During the internship students can earn up to £800 – £1,000 per month. The course has got an excellent combination of Smart-Grids, Wireless Communications and Electronics. More information about the course content can be found here.
The School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at QUB is ranked among the Top 10 in the UK for research. The School is currently involved in a lot of joint projects with European Space Agency, European High Power Radio-Frequency Space Laboratory and companies like Astrium, Thales and QinetiQ.
MSc Cyber Security (2 Years) with 1-Year Internship
This is a 2-year taught program with focus on fundamentals of cyber security and practical training in software tools and training. The MSc students will have the opportunity to access the research facilities at QUB’s Centre for Security Information Technologies (CSIT). CSIT is a GCHQ accredited Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research, and it is the largest university research lab in the UK. QUB has also received royal recognition for research to fight against cyber security. CSIT is a global innovation hub for cyber security and the commercial partners are IBM, Thales, BAE Systems, Infosys, Cisco, McAfee, Roke and Altera. Hence, students can gain tremendous exposure while interning at those companies. More details on the course can be found here.
MSc in Construction and Project Management with Industrial Internship
This program will allow students to develop a holistic understanding on planning, monitoring and management of construction projects. Modules include technical and management modules; and students will also develop valuable transferable skills. Students will undertake a second year of study on an Industrial Internship with a construction employer, which is approved by the University. The students will maintain regular monthly contact with their University academic supervisor in the 1st year. In the 2nd year, students will also have a Mentor appointed by their Internship provider, and approved by the University. More details can be found here.
Advantages of Masters with 1-Year Paid Internships at Queen’s University Belfast:
- Study at one of the Top 1% of Global Universities
- Make your CV stand out among the crowd
- Gain one year industrial experience to boost your employment opportunities
- Increase your commercial awareness
- Build professional network
- Potential recruitment – chance of converting your internship into full-time employment. Even if you don’t get the offer immediately, you may bump into them later
- Earn while learning
- Take the lead for job hunting as a technical graduate
As you can see, these Masters with 1-Year Paid Internships at Queen’s University Belfast are really excellent programs with good return on investment. For admission, you need to have at least 60 – 65% in their Bachelor degree. You also need minimum 6.5 (overall) in IELTS. IELTS waivers are also possible for students who have obtained 70 (and above) in Class 12 (10+2). QUB is still accepting applications for these three programs, and the official application deadline is July 31, 2016. So, don’t lose out and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Know more about the Queen’s University Belfast by watching the following video:
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