Student profiles

Current students and graduates share their experiences of what it's like to study politics at postgraduate level and the opportunities available at Sheffield.

Postgraduate alumni Tom Sharman

Two decades on and my MA is still relevant.

Tom Sharman MA International Political Economy

Current Policy & Economy Adviser to the North of Tyne Metro Mayor, Tom Sharman talks about his MA here at Sheffield and his career path since graduating.

MA Student LAwrence Lo Standing in a park

Enriching my knowledge in the UK

Lawrence Lo MA International Relations

MA International Relations student Lawrence worked in the education bureau of Hong Kong before studying at Sheffield. He discusses the transition from working life to postgraduate education.

Postgraduate student Lourdes in park

I knew immediately I wanted to apply at the University of Sheffield. 

Lourdes Sales Piera MA International Relations

After studying her undergraduate degree at Sheffield, MA International Relations graduate Lourdes wanted to stay to further her studies and continue enjoying student life in the city.

MA Alumni Mikhail Menshikov

Being a part of the University of Sheffield's legacy

Mikhail Menshikov MA International Studies (International Relations)

Mikhail Menshikov talks about how his master's in the Department helped develop his international career

MA student Osheen

Studying Politics, Governance, and Public Policy in the UK

Osheen John MA Politics, Governance, and Public Policy

"Overall, I feel that this degree has equipped me with the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in a career as a policy analyst. I am excited to explore career opportunities in this field and contribute to policies that address the complex challenges faced by our society."

Postgraduate student Lewis beside a statue

Developing key skills and new perspectives

Lewis Atkinson MA International Relations

"The knowledge accumulated in the areas of how the world works has given me the ability to explain complex problems in a more presentable and explainable way. The degree utilises and develops a wide range of key skills employers may be searching for."

Remi Edwards - Global Political Economy MA graduate

There is so much freedom to be able to pursue the topics that you are genuinely interested in

Remi Edwards MA Global Political Economy (now MA International Political Economy)

After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield, Remi continued studying here for her MA in Global/International Political Economy. Being treated as an equal by the Department of Politics and International Relations staff was an important factor in her decision.

Thomas Watts - Global Political Economy MA graduate

I couldn’t think of another department that I’d fit into as well as I did here

Thomas Watts MA Global Political Economy (now MA International Political Economy)

If you’re passionate about your undergraduate subject then take the opportunity to continue your study. Staying on at Sheffield allowed Thomas to continue his love of politics with renowned lecturers in a department he felt familiar with.

Ciara McQuillan Bridson - European and Global Affairs MA graduate

I enjoyed my masters so much primarily because I was interested in everything that I was reading about

Ciara McQuillan Bridson MA European and Global Affairs

Ciara decided to study for her MA in European and Global Affairs. As one of the highest, most prestigious politics departments in the UK, the University of Sheffield allowed her to continue her passion and enjoyment of political study.

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Staying in a department I knew was excellent pushed me more towards staying at Sheffield

George Clarke MA Political Theory

George studied BA History and Politics at Sheffield and continued on to masters so he could continue delving deeper into his academic studies.

Four students laughing while sat at a bench, outside the Students' Union

International scholarships

We offer a generous package of financial support for international students, including undergraduate and postgraduate taught scholarships towards the annual tuition fee. Applications are open for existing offer holders.