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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Student Testimonial 5

After graduating with a degree in French and Italian I spent four years working in the online marketing sector, both in the UK and in Italy. I came into contact with several children’s charities that were sponsored by the company I worked for and realised I wanted to move out of the commercial sector to work for one of them instead! I followed a short course run by Unicef and the University of Milan, and then applied to do the MSc in Childhood Studies in Edinburgh.

Returning to University was both challenging and exciting. I was a little daunted at first as I didn’t have an undergraduate degree in the social sciences, but there were students from many different backgrounds and countries in our group which was a real asset. The range of tutors teaching on the course was very beneficial in terms of learning from other people’s experience in a variety of disciplines and sectors. There were also some good optional courses to choose from, such as International Development, which complemented the core Childhood Studies courses really well.

I volunteered at CHILDREN 1ST for one day a week while studying which not only gave me insight into working for a children’s charity, but also helped me make contacts in the sector and gave me experience in the area of policy and campaigning. Since graduating six months ago I have worked as a Policy Officer at the Scottish Government and am now a Graduate Policy Researcher for Barnardo’s. I am confident that the skills and knowledge I gained through the MSc in Childhood Studies will prove invaluable in this role and throughout my future career.  

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