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Thomas LuttrellWhy did you choose to take a History MA programme? and why did you choose Sheffield particularly?

I am in the MA history program to further develop the skills necessary to undertake research in the future. I chose Sheffield because of the expertise of the staff and reputation for exceptional research.

Has your experience so far been what you expected?

Coming from a non-UK background, I did not have much in terms of what to expect. However, the friendly culture around the university and Sheffield in general has made for a great transition.

What do you particularly enjoy about your degree programme?

I enjoy the lively research culture which is promoted through the Early Modern Seminar program and discussion groups.

Are there any modules that you have found particularly enjoyable and why?

My two favourite modules to date are Early Modern Language and Society and Revolutionary England. Both of these module challenged the way I thought about approaching historical research.

What is your experience of studying as a mature student on the MA programme?

As a mature student I found the MA programme to be accommodating and understanding to life outside of university. Balancing studies and family life is not always easy, but the programme and staff here at Sheffield have been supportive in helping me work toward my goals.

How have you found studying on the MA programme and in Sheffield more generally as a non-UK student?

As an international student, I found the programme at Sheffield manageable. Getting use to an independent program takes a lot of discipline and time commitment, and you have to be intentional about connect with peers and staff. The history department at Sheffield makes this transition easy by providing seminars, discussion groups and accessible office hours for staff.

What do you like about the University/living in Sheffield?

For my family and me, living in Sheffield is brilliant. Sheffield and the surrounding area have a lot to offer in terms of entertainment, food, night-life, history and recreation. I enjoy being surrounded by people with an active lifestyle. Older and younger, in rain or shine, people in Sheffield always seem to find the time to get outdoors. There are loads of opportunities to go walking, jogging, riding bikes, playing at the parks, trekking the Peaks, etc.

Would you recommend studying at Sheffield to a friend?

I would definitely recommend Sheffield as a place to study.