Follow me on this blog to get a glimpse of a day in the life of a MSc Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation student. Note that this is a casual and comprehensive schedule of only one weekday within a week. Other days can have fewer items on the schedule, and you can dedicate more time to self-study or relaxing.
9am – 10am – Commute to school, grab a quick coffee along the way
It’s nice to be an early bird. I always commute to campus on foot. Every day I walk across the Waterloo Bridge, taking in the magnificent London skyline on both sides of the bridge, and stop by a coffee shop along the way before reaching campus.
10am – 12pm – Sit in a lecture
One lecture session is between one and two hours, which I think is perfect for your learning attention span. Unfortunately, back in 2021, lectures were somewhat hybrid between in-person and online due to the pandemic. Luckily in the second half of the Michaelmas term, the severity of the pandemic subsided, and the lectures were moved back onto campus. Like typical lectures, it is intended as a one-way communication in which the lecturers mostly do the talking. However, students are more than welcome to speak up or raise any questions. Every lecture is accompanied by a particular reading list which students are expected to read beforehand.
12pm – 1pm – Have lunch in one of the canteens on campus
Arguably my favourite time of the day, multiple outlets across campus offer different and very affordable choices. You can check the menu at the canteens. I recommend the LSE Garrick and the Fourth Floor Restaurant in the Old Building.
1pm – 3pm – Discuss and take part in a seminar class
The seminar class is where students lead the discussions. Most of the seminars in MISDI are well-structured and thought-provoking. Typically, you will be given a case study ahead of the seminar. Then, one of the groups will present the overview and the lesson learned from the case, effectively leading the discussion. The rest of the class can participate in the debate and provide their own opinion on the issues raised, which is very valuable as you can learn from people with different background knowledge.
3pm – 6pm – Work on an assignment, reading prep for the next class, or discuss a group project
This is when you can prepare the readings for next week’s lectures or spend some alone time reviewing what you learned today. In addition, some of the modules may have group projects; you can meet with your groupmates to discuss and delegate work and the area each person should cover. Some courses also feature individual assignments such as literature review. I usually spend the evening doing just that before heading back home.
Doing a master’s will definitely require effort and commitment. But to do it well in the long run, you should take the time to rest to fight another day.