Current PhD candidate
I chose PAIS primarily because of the excellent prospects for supervision for my project. My supervisors Prof. Richard Higgott and Prof. Shaun Breslin are leading scholars in the area I specialise in. It would be hard to find a finer department in the UK for doing research in IR on East Asia. Even though I arrived here straight after my MA, I received all the support that I needed to find my way in a totally new academic environment. Thanks to the generous support of my supervisors, other professors at PAIS, and the department itself, I managed to obtain extra funding for field work in the region. I also benefited from the immense support of fellow PhD students. Overall, the environment at PAIS is very supportive and equips you with confidence that you will need in a future career.