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What does it take to make it at LiU?
“Come with an open mind, be curious about new issues, be prepared for an interdisciplinary approach and for working as a team. And most importantly, remember that your own level of ambition will determine your result, as there is high proportion of independent work. That’s my best advice for anyone applying to our international master’s programmes, whatever their academic background“, says Tina Simone Neset, senior lecture at the Department of Thematic Studies – Environmental Change.
In other words, completing a master’s at Linkoping University with good grades requires serious commitment – to say that it’s fulltime studies is not an exaggeration. The interaction with fellow students is also significant for studies at LiU.
“We work a lot in project groups, where the students get together to address a challenge or an issue from the industry. To work in a group, you have to plan your time well, and be able to cooperate with others. This method is new to many of our students, but it also develops skills that are valued by potential employers“, says Mikael Segersäll, who teaches in the master’s programme Mechanical Engineering.
Of course the teaching staff, including the professors, are present and very much available throughout the process, both as support and as a sounding board, but it’s the students themselves who ensure that progress is made. Therefore, success relies on being able to communicate well within the group, as well as on the ability to immerse oneself in new fields and to solve problems. This problem-solving ability is one of the traits that has brought LiU alumni success and a good reputation worldwide.