MA International Politics and East Asia 2014
I knew I wanted to come to PaIS and undertake my Masters’ in International Politics and East Asia (IPEA) when I read the modules offered and the flexibility of these modules. After completing a previous Masters in East Asian Studies, IPEA seemed like a good combination of theory, methodology and empiricism. This was ideal for me, since I lacked a foundational grounding in international relations theory.
Along with the external guest speakers, the East Asia Study group and other opportunities, the Department and the University has much to offer. The non-compulsory nature of these extra activities helps students pick and choose what is best for them. The openness of the department and the approachability of the tutors are beneficial to all students, especially international students like me. It helps prepare students who are keen on research and a probable PhD. The tools I gained from my studies here would go a long way in helping and shaping my future PhD research project.
I have made some lifelong friends and met some amazing tutors here who have helped keep my dream to get into academia alive even when it was at its lowest ebb.