Try before you specialise

Published on 28 March 2018

I'm Josh Harper and I'm studying MA Politics and International Relations

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I applied to Dundee to study Politics and International Relations when I was in my final year of high school.

I found myself in the fortunate position of having teachers who genuinely inspired me and helped me realise what I wanted to do from an early age.

I currently study six modules, two of these are integral to my degree. I chose Politics and Public Policy and The Globalizing World.

I had one core module in each semester which allowed me the choice of any other two modules across the MA programme in each semester. I also chose to study two History modules and two Film Studies modules.

That’s what is great about studying the MA programme here - you get the scope to try before you specialise. I’m a Politics student but I also get to study History and Film. I could have studied anything from a wide range of modules under the MA programme. Including Psychology, Philosophy, Business, Economics and Languages – just to list a few.

The great thing about starting University is that everyone is in the same position of not really knowing anyone. But it is all a part of the experience. You will meet people, you will make friends. A real highlight of your studies is meeting people who will help get you through.

Not only this, you have your adviser of studies who is on hand to offer you advice about your degree. Your class tutors can also be extremely helpful in alleviating any concerns you have and the politics staff are certainly no exception. There is a network of people who are able to support you in your studies.

I came to Dundee to get a degree in something I am passionate about and to use this degree to become a secondary school teacher. 


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