Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Rene Priess

MA International Political Economy | 2007 - 2008

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What made you decide to do this MA programme?
My first degree was in business management where I really felt quite restricted in my scope of understanding how the business world really works. I was looking for something that would give me a greater understanding of globalisation and what really drives the changes we are experiencing today. International Political Economy seemed like a great programme to get an understanding of both the economic and the political side of things.

Why did you choose to study at POLIS?
I applied for several universities; however I knew that Leeds and POLIS have a very good reputation which was one thing that mattered to me.

What do you think of your course so far – How has it matched your expectations?
The course has been challenging and I really felt I could broaden my horizons. There have been such a great variety of people from all over the world, with many different backgrounds, which made it a unique experience and exchange of opinions. I also really enjoyed the freedom in pursuing research in the fields I am interested in.

What have you enjoyed most about the course so far?
I really enjoyed the great mix of people and the great access to academic staff. You can always just pop in and have a chat with your tutor or lecturers. Everyone has been really helpful and I felt I got great guidance in how to improve my research skills and to write a good dissertation.

What would you say about the facilities in the School and at the University in general?
Not having a social space for postgraduates in POLIS is quite a drawback. However, after a while you realise that you will meet everyone in the library at some point. University facilities have been really good. The library had everything I needed and there was always a free computer in one of the many clusters around campus.

What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to your course?
If you are looking for a course to give you a better understanding about the most important issues the world is facing at the moment and how they are linked with economics and politics this is a great course to do. I also think that it is a good choice for someone who has a business background.

Tell us about your favourite lecturer
All lecturers have been really helpful and always more than happy to give me some advice. However, I have to say that Dr Simon Lightfoot's lectures have been the most enjoyable ones. Great use of material such such as youtube videos, articles or news!

What do you hope to be doing once you graduate?
I am about to start a career in business consulting after this where I can use my knowledge on how globalisation and the new competitive business environment impacts on multinational corporations.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Sports, lots of sports ranging from kickboxing to squash and climbing.  I had great fun at the Leeds University Kickboxing Club.

What are your plans for the future?
After a few years of work experience I'd still like to do a PhD at some point. Who knows, maybe I will come back to Leeds.

Is there anything you would change about POLIS?
As I mentioned earlier a social space for postgraduates would be a great asset. Also stronger links with other departments would be great for students who want to get a deeper understanding of economics or business issues.

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