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Sophia Munnik

MA Applied Linguistics

Sophia Munnik moved to the UK from South Africa for her postgraduate studies at Birkbeck, University of London. Birkbeck was always her first choice of university because of its excellent reputation and internationally-recognised qualifications.

Aged 24, Sophia decided to study a part-time MA in Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck because of the interesting combination of subjects covered in the course. Her two-year Master’s degree gave her the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills first gained when she studied her BA in Linguistics and English at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sophia said: 'Studying at Birkbeck was a really positive experience for me. I have gained so much in terms of my education, and my mind has really developed. Postgraduate education is incredibly important, and Birkbeck has absolutely changed my life. Through my studies, I was able to pursue my interests in sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and how you use language to express your identity. My dissertation focused on media coverage surrounding the legalisation of gay marriage in South Africa.'

Sophia combined her studies with working full-time, and said this was only possible because of the support from her lecturers and the quality of Birkbeck’s online resources. She added: 'Birkbeck was the ideal university for me as I could work during the day and study in the evening. It was great that the lectures were after office hours, and the lecturers were unbelievably understanding. The online resources, including access to PowerPoint presentations, are invaluable.'

During her MA in Applied Linguistics, Sophia first worked in retail and then her current job in recruitment. She plans to return to university education soon. Sophia said: 'My ambition is to become an academic, and Birkbeck has already helped me get closer to my goal. I will study for a PhD at some point.'

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'I have gained so much in terms of my education, and my mind has really developed.'