MA International Development
I took an undergraduate degree in English at the University of Leeds and decided, by the end of the course, that my passions lay in international development. Initially, I was quite worried about the swift change in subject and spoke to staff in POLIS about fears of falling behind with new concepts such as economics and contemporary politics. However, I found the staff incredibly supportive and gladly decided to go ahead with my plan.
After applying to five different universities, my decision to stay at Leeds was based upon a number of factors: the advanced levels of research undertaken by the lecturers, the warmness and encouragement I felt from staff in the department, the quantity of overseas students from whom I would gain wider perspectives on development and the vibrancy of the Leeds campus.
My study experience
As compared to my undergraduate course, I have found my fellow students more passionate and focused. The fact that everyone is full of energy and ideas has meant a year of exciting debate. These interactions and friendships have been a great motivation for following aspirations to work in international development abroad.
I hope that my MA will lead to a career in development project management and, until that time, plan to apply for a variety of positions in charities, volunteer organisations and the public sector. The combination of practical and theoretical knowledge gained has increased my confidence to aim highly in that respect and I have already received positive feedback from employers.