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  • Valerio Zanetti
  • MA Eighteen Century Studies (History)*
  • Full-time
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Valerio ZanettiWhy did you choose to take a History MA programme? and why did you choose Sheffield particularly?

I chose Sheffield because of a combination of factors. First of all the specific nature of my MA programme, and more generally the department's commitment to inderdisciplinarity. The desire to work with my supervisor played an important part in my final choice too.

What do you particularly enjoy about your degree programme?

Being used to frontal lectures, I have been particularly pleased by the fact that lessons are structured as seminars, and often student-led. This fosters real interaction and constructive debate. Knowledge is not passively soaked in, but is the product of a constant dialogue. It also provided me with a great opportunity to improve my presentation and communication skills.

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

Coming from an European academic environment, I was happily surprised to find such a warm and friendly atmosphere in the department. Dialogue and collaboration between students and teachers is promoted at all times. I always felt that my ideas and opinions were valued and respected.

What skills have you learnt that you'll be able to take away from your degree?

My MA experience at Sheffield didn't just shape the way I work as a researcher in my chosen field, but also the way I think as an individual. I learnt to ask myself not simply what or how much I knew about things, but most importantly how to make such knowledge productive and fruitful.

*The MA in Eighteenth Century Studies has been discontinued, please look at our MA in Early Modern History as an alternative.