Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Brenda Peter

MA European Union and Development Studies | 2008 - 2009

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What made you decide to do this MA programme?
Because of my interest in knowing more about the global development issues and to be able to conceptualize the theory and reality of the today's world and in the end I hope to work with organisations that focus on development issues. For example the European Union, UNAIDS, Oxfam International, etc.

How did you find out about this course?
I read about it on the internet.

What made you decide to study in the UK?
Because of the fact that my application was accepted and that UK offers international students many challenges as well as opportunities in terms of career development.

Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?
Divine Word University in Papua New Guinea.

Why did you choose to study at POLIS and at Leeds?
The main reason for me to come to Leeds University is the mere fact that the Masters degree is of high calibre.

What do you think of your course so far – How has it matched your expectations?
Its been two weeks into the course and I am amazed at the wealth of knowledge Leeds University offers, the reading list, the books in the library, the careers centre, the study skills and help from other students and my lecturer are just too good. I am getting more than what I had expected.

What have you enjoyed most about the course so far?
Attending tutorials and seminars.

What would you say about the facilities in the School and at the University in general?
Obviously there are new and old buildings but generally the facilities are good and I am content with it.

How have you found living and studying in the UK compared to back in your home country?
I am more relaxed back home but here in the UK there is no more time to waste.

What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to your course?
Go for it, there is more to what you can imagine.

Did you find the application process easy?
The application process was all right for me. I think getting my former university to certify the photocopies of my certificates and transcripts was the only problem for me but here at POLIS, Lorraine Sherriff kept in touch with me through the internet for the last two years. The application process is okay.

Tell us about your favourite lecturer
My favourite lecturer is Dr Simon Lighfoot. He is funny and he always updates the class with latest events and the discussions are well structured that keeps me on the track. He listens to questions and answers in the best simplest way that I understand.

What do you hope to be doing once you graduate?
I hope to work with European Union, UNAIDS or any other international non government organisations.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love reading novels and doing volunteer work.

What are your plans for the future?
I want to work for at least three years and then do my PhD.

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