More about Carly
“During my undergraduate degree I had developed an interest in politics, particularly relating to sustainability and wished to develop my knowledge in the area. The MA Politics course had a sustainability module, alongside modules which would help develop my knowledge of politics and research skills. I chose to study on the course as it offered variety, as well as the opportunity to develop and specialise.
“It was vital that the course enhanced my career prospects by developing my transferable and specialist writing and research skills. The module on sustainability, as well as the focus on research skills, was not offered elsewhere, which made the course stand out to me.
“My dissertation has been both enjoyable and extremely valuable. I decided to take the work-based option which gave me the opportunity to work with a local organisation, applying my research skills to a real-life situation on a topic area of my choice. I was able to develop my transferable skills such as my communication and interpersonal skills, and apply my research skills in a way which would not have otherwise been possible if I had taken the traditional dissertation route. The experience was extremely valuable and will be important in my future career.
“I am now much more equipped for a career in social research because I have improved my skills and knowledge. I am planning on a career working on social and environmental issues in either the public sector or third sector, where I hope to apply and develop my skills and knowledge further.
“The Politics and International Relations staff are extremely knowledgeable and encourage you to reach your potential, which is vital in ensuring you get the most out of your academic experience. It is important when you come to NTU to get as involved as possible, as the opportunities are invaluable and can help direct your life and career after your course.”