Extremely stimulating and truly inspiring

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Sammy Shaw
Masters student
MSc Economics and Public Policy
2020
Sammy had been studying in Sheffield and chose this course to understand how governments evaluate their policies.

Studying economics at the University of Sheffield has been a truly invigorating experience. Each and every week we confront the works of economists like Milton Friedman and Kenneth Arrow, in a learning environment that fosters intellectual curiosity. The numerous libraries across campus, in addition to the University’s online resources, make furthering your knowledge really easy.

Along with my core modules, I’ve enjoyed studying modules in health economics and industrial organisation which have been eye-opening. The lectures bridge the theoretical and practical effectively and we get to hear multiple arguments which gives us, the students, the opportunity to critically analyse competing theories.

Study skills support 

The University of Sheffield provides exceptional opportunities for self-development throughout your studies; whether this be becoming a student representative, taking advantage of employment opportunities or seeking academic support through the 301 Academic Skills Centre.

Some of my core modules relied on highly technical analysis which I initially struggled with, but in the second week I engaged with the staff at MASH (Mathematics and Statistics Help) which gave me the support I needed to adjust to the complex workload.

University of Sheffield campus 

Attending the university’s open day was a valuable experience which gave me the chance to explore the campus and speak to lecturers about the modules. I was particularly impressed by one lecturer who went above and beyond to email me with recommendations of textbooks when I’d asked which works had influenced him in his role as a policy advisor.

Having lived and studied in Sheffield before, I was already aware of what a vibrant city it is. The campus is in the city centre which means everything you could want is in walking distance and there are countless opportunities to experience new things, socialize and find work (if you so wish). They say that Sheffield is one of Europe’s greenest cities and it is indeed home to many beautiful spots including the Peak District.

Student-staff forum 

I was fortunate enough to chair the postgraduate student-staff forum. This came as a result of volunteering as a student representative and it has been a role that I have been proud to hold. I’ve got to work with a lovely team of representatives in raising and resolving the concerns of students with the department faculty. This has been a very rewarding part of my Sheffield experience and I would thoroughly recommend getting involved.

Incredible experience 

Studying my masters degree at the University of Sheffield has been an incredible experience and the past year has flown by all too quickly. The university’s motto in English means ‘to discover the causes of things’ which funnily enough is one of the central motivations for economic study. The teaching has been extremely stimulating and it is truly inspiring to be taught by experts in their respective fields. I’m very grateful for the exceptional education that Sheffield has given me.

It’s an advantage to have studied at a Russell Group university on my CV, but it is the skills and knowledge that I have developed here which will help me in my future.

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