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Leyla's Story

Leyla is from Jakarta in Indonesia and started her studies with us in 2014. After Leyla completed her International Foundation Year, she then went on to study BA (Hons) Journalism for three years before starting her current postgraduate course, MA Public Relations & Strategic Communications.

My Course

One of the best things about my course was that all the lecturers have worked in industry and are able to give us first-hand examples of what it is like to work as a journalist – this was really useful knowledge.

I had lots of opportunities to experience journalism from interviewing and taking pictures of celebrities at the Mobo Awards, to live news days as a journalist writing up stories from reporters and producing them for a live TV news broadcast at the end of the day. 

Living in Leeds

I love that Leeds is such a student-friendly city with so many people from different countries – you always meet such interesting people. There are always events going on in the city centre such as Light Night, the Christmas Market, and the International Film Festival – the kind of art events I’m really interested in. The city is also very affordable and cheaper to live in than many other UK cities.

My masters course in PR

For the kind of work I want to do, PR experience was a must and doing a masters course would boost my chances of getting the job I want. So after my undergraduate degree, it seemed only natural to do my masters at Leeds Beckett – especially as the university has one of the best reputations for PR education.

I also had a great experience on my undergraduate course and I felt comfortable in Leeds and at Leeds Beckett. Besides, Leeds Business School has a great reputation so it made a lot of sense to come back.

My future

I’m really interested in doing anything that includes writing and photography and I like the idea of working in the travel industry as a journalist. I’m keeping my options open as doing a masters in public relations is going to open a lot of doors for me at many different firms, especially in the area of social media.


I’m also a Student Ambassador working on events from International Welcome Week to Summer Schools. This has really developed my self-confidence – which I’ve been able to bring into the classroom.

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