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What our students think

Being at university is a very exciting and challenging time of life. As well as living independently away from home, you also have personal responsibility for organising your academic studies. Read on to find out what it's really like to study Politics & International Relations at Southampton.

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I think the department we’ve got here in Politics and International Relations is fantastic. They are very welcoming, they’ve got a great breadth of expert knowledge, and I think they are going from strength to strength in terms of the experts that are joining the team.

Rupert Bailey - BSc Politics and International Relations
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I loved the diversity; you can choose from so many different modules. The lecturers were great and really supportive.

Anjali Dwesar - BSc Politics & International Relations
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The staff were also great - they made you really want to learn.

George Emery - BSc Politics
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In many of the modules there is a lot of scope for discussion and engagement with the material beyond being ‘taught’ which has always been a very exciting part of studying politics for me.

Jamie Fawcett - BSc Politics
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I volunteered with a global health charity in very rural and impoverished communities in Madagascar, which was incredible. We taught children from ages 3 to 15 and undertook research and development for the charity

Marie Haddad - BSc International Relations, 2020
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My Masters degree at the University of Southampton has considerably extended my analytical, argumentation and research skills, and has enabled me to critically analyse complex subjects and issues, which is an incredibly helpful skill at my current traineeship at the Europol HQ in the Hague.

Gloria Lintl - MSc Global Politics (2009-10)
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I gained valuable skills in written and verbal communication, critical evaluation, time management and organisation. I also met and made friends with a diverse set of new people.

Emily McMahon - MSc Governance and Policy
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SUPA events offer a really good connection between students and the work place and on top of what the University already offers for careers support.

Ed Pocock - Bsc Politics
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I got my internship because of Southampton's reputation. It has really offered the next step for me.

Rebecca Pryce - BSc Politics and International Relations
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My ability to work hard, motivate myself, assimilate information, analyse, criticise and formulate arguments has developed enormously. But more than that, I have achieved a renewed confidence and direction in my life.

Tim Riminton - BSc Politics
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Currently I am working as a research assistant, my course at Southampton definitely helped me to get this job because it had such a large research component. We did research projects with real companies and charities which gave me experience of working in research to talk about in an interview.

Sorcha Rogerson - BSc Politics
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The opportunities at the University of Southampton are fantastic. Most importantly the University increased my confidence which helped me get a place on a graduate scheme.

Georgia Searle - BSc Politics
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I believe anyone coming to study politics at Southampton finds a welcoming, diverse division.

Chris Shimwell - BSc Politics
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