Being part of the DHI means you are instantly exposed to the wide-ranging research that is going on.

Gemma Dixon
Gemma Dixon
MA Student
MA Digital Culture and Communication
Gemma Dixon discusses being a student on the MA Digital Culture and Communication, at the Digital Humanities Institute.
Gemma Dixon

Why did you decide to study this course?

My MA is a new course for this year, so I was excited to be one of the first students to participate. Furthermore, my MA sits within the Digital Humanities Institute, which is quite refreshing and inspiring, for other courses similar to this do not seem to have this same freedom. 

What do you like most about your course and the subjects you study?

I like that this course has real world connections and I can see how the topics I am studying are relevant to business and society. The subjects that are covered are wide ranging and this gives the foundation to then be able to be creative in the projects and assessments that are set; specifically, after learning about sentiment analysis and the theories related to identity and culture, I was able to devise an e-portfolio topic that really interests me, but also makes use of knowledge from across multiple modules. I guess it is the mixture of creativity and facts that makes this course both challenging and exciting.

What attracted you to the University of Sheffield?

I chose Sheffield, for it has a respectable reputation in both student experience and teaching, but also, I like that teaching goes beyond the classroom and can be applied to the real world. I personally am interested in research and that is what Sheffield is known for, so it felt like the right fit for me. Sheffield is also known for its vibrant student culture, so I was excited to be a part of that community. 

What is it like to be a PG student in the DHI?

Being part of the DHI means you are instantly exposed to the wide-ranging research that is going on. This is useful as it gives you opportunity to see where your MA could take you and how to apply the skills you’re learning. For me, it has been useful being part of the DHI as it exemplifies how academics from various backgrounds can come together to complete projects that are bringing technology to the arts and humanities. The DHI also offers unique opportunities to meet people from the digital sector through Business Leader Talks. 

Do you know what you want to do at the end of your course?

I am currently unsure what my next step is and I have a few paths that I might take. I have really loved the research and impendence this MA has offered me, so one of my options is PhD study and I am thinking of returning to my roots in Linguistics and taking my knowledge of data and culture to that. On the other hand, I have also been applying for jobs in the communications and PR sector. I am fascinated with language and how we communicate as a society, so this could also be my next step.

Has the University been helpful and able to advise you on how to reach your goals after graduation?

I have had a meeting with the careers team who were so helpful at allaying my fears about not knowing what to do next. Also, my lecturers have been great at supporting me and helping me identify what I enjoy and what I want my future to look like. I think the main message that the university aims to give is: anything is possible.

What do you like most about living in Sheffield?

I commute into university as I don’t live far away, but what I like about Sheffield in that respect is the transport available. There is always a tram or a bus you can get. Everyone is very friendly and there is always something happening, whether that is to do with the university or the wider city.

Do you have any advice for students thinking about studying this course at Sheffield?

Go for it. Sheffield has been the best choice for me in my MA as I am constantly being challenged, but also supported to ensure I reach my potential.

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