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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Current Students

MSc Students 2015/16

FloraFlora Barrett

History and International Relations with an International Year at Royal Holloway, University of London

I graduated from my undergraduate degree in the summer of 2015. I studied History and International Relations with an International Year at Royal Holloway, University of London, and my year abroad was at the University of Ottawa in Canada. My main interests upon applying to the Msc were and still are in African politics, corruption and conflict, although I have branched out a bit and become fascinated by resource politics.

Martin VersfeldMichael

B.Comm in Finance and Investments, as well as a Post Graduate in Financial Planning, the University of Stellenbosch, just outside Cape Town (South Africa), which is also my hometown. 

I love competitive sports, including cricket and rugby, and less competitive escapades such as the occasional surf!

During my studies I became increasingly interested in emerging and frontier markets, especially in Africa. I am fascinated by how the state functions in terms of political economy, and I am looking to focus on this aspect of governance in a broader African context. Coupled with the building blocks and contemporary issues that grip the continent, I am seeking an answer to what makes Africa "tick" in the 21st century, and what solutions may be found in resource politics, economic development and inequality reduction going forward.

HermineHermine Kudia

BA in Politics with Human Rights, University of Essex

Today I am most enthusiastic about topics surrounding the African continent, being more passionate about the changing narrative around Africa. I am too an enthusiast of books and lover of all things Congolese.


ZhenhuanZhenhuan Wu

Hello, I am Zhenhuan from China!
I graduated from Tianjin foreign language university in 2013. My undergraduate program is Swahili language which was widely used in Eastern Africa. And now I am working on African Studies in Edinburgh.
In my third year in university, I got a chance to go to Tanzania to study in university of Dar es Salaam as an international exchange student under the government scholarship program. And I had an amazing year there in Dar. Dar is a beautiful city and I was deeply addicted to the culture and the people there. I was very interested in the local Africans there in east Africa. Tanzania is a poor country, but the political environment there remained peaceful for a long period. 
Because of the one-year experience in Tanzania, I became so interested in Africa. And this is the reason why I am here. Now I am focusing on the mineral extraction situation in Tanzania and the political system in eastern Africa.