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Alumni Quotes

Andy Cox

MA in Conflict, Governance and Development 2013-14

"I recently completed my MA in Conflict, Governance and Development at the University of York. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the university and found the teaching to be engaging, well delivered, and thought-provoking. The staff were consistently supportive and always approachable, which fostered a strong working relationship between them and the student body. As part of a diverse and international postgraduate community, I found that there was a wealth of different experiences and perspectives that contributed much both in and out of the classroom"

Marc Venhaus

MA in International Political Economy 2010-2011

"Doing an MA in International Political Economy (IPE) at the University of York was a unique experience and one of the best choices I have made in my academic life. Not only did I enjoy the excellent learning environment and thought-provoking debates with my peers and teachers but got strongly inspired to move beyond the mainstream by taking a more critical stance towards simplistic answers. The programme thus provided me with both the theoretical and analytical tools to better grasp current global phenomena such as the financial crisis; rising levels of inequality or the rise of emerging powers and different models of development. I am currently doing my PhD at the Graduate School of Global Politics, Freie Universität Berlin & Fudan University Shanghai and am a Research Associate at the Berlin House of Representatives"

Elizabeth Ambler

MA in International Relations 2013-14

"The University of York offered the ideal place to study; giving me the option to specialise within my research interest of International Security through optional modules, whilst also providing me with a solid understanding of the key foundational pillars of International Relations theory."

The programme offered the option to specialise whilst also providing a solid understanding of the key foundational pillars of International Relations theory"

Rhonda Jones

Masters in Public Administration 2013-2014

“A vibrant learning community that provides a truly rich and rewarding experience”

Rebecca Mendoza

Master of Public Administration in International Development 2012-2013

"The University of York is one of the few universities that brings together degrees in Public Administration and International Development—two areas that have intrigued me for many years. All the professors, lecturers and staff that I encountered were absolutely amazing, helpful, knowledgeable, approachable and interested to hear about their students’ histories and projects. The interdisciplinary approach made it fun for me as I got to work with other students and lecturers from around with very different specialisations. I really feel that after doing the MPAID I have the foundation and the confidence to be a positive influence in the field"

Alex Maunders ‌

MA Public Administration and Public Policy 2013-14 ‌

"The Politics department at York combines a unique blend of world-class research paired with a superb standard of teaching. At the postgraduate level, it encourages and supports students in developing their own independent outlook"

Benjamin Hoyt

MA in Political & Legal Theory 2013-14

"Studying Politics at York was deeply rewarding. The faculty, with their diverse perspectives, all contributed to an atmosphere of academic rigour and support"

Byron Karemba

MA in Political & Legal Theory 2013-14

"I came to the MA in Political and Legal Theory at York after reading for an undergraduate degree in Law. I thoroughly enjoyed the interdisciplinary nature of the course. The MA challenged me to consider the political and philosophical dimension to legal study and the weekly Morrell Seminars also widened my academic interests. There is an expansive and great depth of knowledge in the department and all staff were extremely supportive and accessible. Whilst doing the MA, I was prompted by my Tutor to consider doctoral study and I received extensive support and guidance during the application process. The MA proved to be a beneficial platform for further study as I was awarded a full research scholarship to pursue a PhD in Constitutional Law at the University of Leeds"

Catrin Wayland    ‌                


MA in Political Philosophy 2013-14 (Programme now named Political Theory)‌

“The Politics Department at York was the perfect environment for my postgraduate study, as the academic staff are both attentive and engaging, teaching groups are small without losing their vibrancy, and there is a wealth of events and seminars to get involved in”

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Sebastian Booth

MA in Political Research 2013-14

"My postgraduate experience at York has been enriched by quality teaching, the wide selection of courses on offer and the chance to be part of a diverse and exciting community of postgraduate students. From day one you are really given the opportunity to develop and pursue your own research interests and ideas"