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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Setri Dzivenu

Setri Dzivenu
Setri Dzivenu
MSc in African Studies
Doing Now
PhD in African Studies

You came to CAS in 2006 with a MSc DfiD shared scholarship. What were you doing before you applied to the MSc?

I was a tutorial assistant in the Department of Political Science at the University of Ghana.

Why did you decide to apply for the MSc programme in African Studies?

My interest to pursue an MSc programme stemmed from the passion to increase my knowledge base and to build a career in academia. And I chose Edinburgh University because, I wanted to be part of an institution that has excellent reputation with extremely distinguished faculty, a milieu replete with academic activity, and a graduate programme which blends high quality course work and research training opportunities at the cutting edge of every sub field.

You initially registered for the MSc in African Studies and after you decided to do a PhD, why did you decide to continue?

Initially, the MSc programme was my preoccupation as well as the obsession. But the world-class intellectual resources and excellent opportunities offered at the University and for that matter CAS increased my thirst to pursue a PhD.

What is like being a student in Edinburgh?

Naturally, moving into a new environment presents many challenges regardless of one'’s background. However relocating into Edinburgh was relatively the easiest transition. Edinburgh provides an extra-ordinary reception that, perhaps, any international student will find most fascinating. The people, culture and geography offers a very distinguished setting abounding in educative information and priceless sites that every student will find naturally exciting and satisfying.

So far, what are the best memories of this experience?

Everyday in CAS is simply stimulating. But what I relish most about CAS is the extraordinary support and the engaging spirit that both staff and students discharge towards academic work and, in equal measure, the sense of fun that typifies all non-academic social gatherings such as the annual Burn's weekend, the annual Christmas Get-together, the numerous BBQs etc.