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Questions 21 - 23

Choose the correct letter A, B or C.

21 How long did Louise work at a radio station?
A 2 years
B 4 years
C 6 years
22 Why does Louise want to do a Masters?
A To get a promotion in her current job
B To go into TV
C Employers like post-graduate qualifications
How long will it take to do the Masters part-time rather than the modular route?
A 18 months
B 3 years
C 4 years
Questions 24 and 25

Choose TWO letters A-F.

Which two things must Louise have to join the course?

A A bachelor's degree
B Work experience
C Either a bachelor's degree or work experience
D Research experience
E A completed thesis
F Motivation
Questions 26-30

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.
Fees and Funding

The fees are (26) .... per year to do the course part-time. The university has a (27) .... it can use to fund the most suitable students. You must have a (28) .... in place before you can get any funding. The details on funding can be found on the (29) .... . That will also have information on eligibility, help available, and (30) ......
  • LOUISE
    I’m looking for some advice about doing a Master’s Degree in Media Studies. Am I at the right place?

    MARK
    Yes, my name’s Mark, I’m head of the Media Studies course. Nice to meet you, and you are…
    LOUISE
    I’m Louise, nice to meet you too.

    MARK
    So how can I help you?
    LOUISE
    Well I’ve seen the prospectus for the course but I’m still a bit confused about a few things and about some of the options for studying.

    MARK
    What’s your situation at the moment? Are you working?
    LOUISE
    Yes, I’ve been working as a journalist for a local newspaper for the last 3 months. Prior to that I had two jobs in the media – at a small local radio station for about 2 years Q21 and at a TV station for about 4 years. So I’ve worked in media for about six years in total.

    MARK
    Ok well that’s useful if you want to do the course. What is your motivation to do further study?
    LOUISE
    I enjoy my job a lot at the moment but I feel the opportunities for promotion are quite limited. It’s not that I think a masters will help with this though. I’ll probably leave my job, maybe to go into TV or something, but basically I think wherever I end up going in the future, employers prefer to see someone with post-graduate qualifications these days. Q22

    MARK
    And are you intending to study full-time?
    LOUISE
    Well I’d really like to keep working as I need an income. What are the options for me if I want to work whilst studying?

    MARK
    You could do certain modules over a number of years you like. It’s up to you how many you do. Basically you get credits for the ones you complete. People usually do the Masters in anything from 18 months up until 4 years. It depends on your time. If you wanted a fixed schedule and attendance and did it part time then that would be a total of 3 years. Q23
    LOUISE
    So what is the admission criteria to join the course?

    MARK
    Well there are a few things that are useful but not essential, but there are some requirements. Usually to join a Masters people must have a bachelor’s degree, but we are prepared to overlook this if someone has enough work experience. But you must have one or the other. Q24 It’s useful if you have research experience as you have to complete a thesis but we can train you on this if not. It’s essential that you have motivation if you want to join the course as it is very demanding. Q25

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    LOUISE
    What about the costs for the course?

    MARK
    The fees for a year if you are studying part-time are £2250. No sorry, they have gone up this year – £2400. Q26 Of course you are paying for all other living costs.
    LOUISE
    Is there any kind of bursary or scholarship available to help with the fees?

    MARK
    Yes there are things available but you have to meet the criteria to get funding. Often though the university will actually contact you about funding. Universities have a certain budget Q27 available to provide funds so they will look for the best students and offer them something if they think they will be suitable. You would have to have a firm offer Q28 in place to join the course though before you’d be considered for any funding.
    LOUISE
    Where can I go to find out more about it?

    MARK
    The best place to look for information about funding is on our university website. Q29 All the details about whether you’re eligible, what help is on offer, and how to apply Q30 will be there. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, you can always come and speak to us again and there will be a number you can ring.
    LOUISE
    Ok thanks for that. And is it easy to get hold of you if I need to speak to you further?

    MARK
    Yes, I’m here most days, but you can always phone the office first to check. It’s best to book an appointment in case I’m not around.
  • Questions 21 - 23

    Choose the correct letter A, B or C.

    21 How long did Louise work at a radio station?
    A 2 years ✔️
    B 4 years
    C 6 years
    22 Why does Louise want to do a Masters?
    A To get a promotion in her current job
    B To go into TV
    C Employers like post-graduate qualifications ✔️
    How long will it take to do the Masters part-time rather than the modular route?
    A 18 months
    B 3 years ✔️
    C 4 years
    Questions 24 and 25

    Choose TWO letters A-F.

    Which two things must Louise have to join the course?

    A A bachelor's degree
    B Work experience
    C Either a bachelor's degree or work experience ✔️
    D Research experience
    E A completed thesis
    F Motivation ✔️
    Questions 26-30

    Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.
    Fees and Funding

    The fees are (26) ..£2400 / 2400 pounds.. per year to do the course part-time. The university has a (27) ..(certain) budget.. it can use to fund the most suitable students. You must have a (28) ...firm offer... in place before you can get any funding. The details on funding can be found on the (29) ..university website.. . That will also have information on eligibility, help available, and (30) ...how to apply...

In section three of the IELTS listening test you will hear two or three people speaking. The topic is usually something to do with college or university.

You will hear a woman asking a tutor for more information about a Media Studies course at a university.