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What Our Students Say

Here are some testimonials from our recent students:

Class of 2016/17

Botai Gao

I enjoyed the experience as a postgraduate student, studying International Political Theory at the university of Edinburgh. I highly recommend this program to those who have strong interests in theoretical study and philosophical thinking; the classes I took in this program surely opened my eyes and enabled me to look at, and think about the world in a totally different way. Like other schools and programs at the University of Edinburgh, this program equips us with the best professors and assistants; they are always glad to help with great care and patience. Fruitful research resources are easy to be accessed as well. Moreover, different kinds of excellent lectures and interesting social gathering are waiting for you! All in all, especially as an international non-English native speaker, I learnt and grew a lot during the one-year study here.


Joël Reland

I thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of the MSc, which provided me with a lot of scope to combine courses to suit my specific interests. I had a particular interest in questions of refugees and critical theory, and found myself able to choose a selection of courses which were mutually informative, widening and deepening my understanding of both issues. Alongside this, the teaching of seminars was excellent, and the convenors of the MSc put a lot of time into considering their structure, as well as providing extra resources for students outside of seminar hours. Studying in the heart of the city also meant that this year felt like more than a degree. I got to spend every day taking in Edinburgh’s beautiful surroundings, and it was only ever a few minutes’ walk from the library to a great café, bar or cultural activity.


Amir Abdel Baki

Pursuing a master's degree in International Political Theory at the University of Edinburgh was deeply enriching. Before joining the program, I had many questions in mind related to peace, war and human rights. With the guidance of an excellent academic staff and through engaging with the reading material of the courses I have taken, I was able to develop my thoughts and come up with satisfying answers to the questions I had. In-class discussions was greatly helpful to get to know the opinions of other students coming from all over the world. Lastly, living in Edinburgh is so much fun. The city has such a friendly and vibrant atmosphere that supports students' learning experience.

Bo Ye

My experience studying for the MSc in International Political Theory at the University of Edinburgh was excellent. I have no academic background in political theory; however, the arrangements of this programme provided me with a wonderful route through rigorous academic research of political theory. I could also get access to research in progress, by attending the weekly Political Theory Research Group, in which many lecturers and PhD students are engaged. Lecturers, including the programme director and others in the School, are approachable and very supportive. Meanwhile, various courses in other Schools at the University are a huge knowledge pool for those who are keen to explore their intellectual and academic interests. With the permission of my programme director, I have taken several courses from other departments like History, Law, and Philosophy during the year. I faithfully recommend the International Political Theory programme to anyone who is interested in political science. You will not regret it.

Roisin O'Neil

The city of Edinburgh is a treasure trove of interesting shops, streets, markets, cultural centres and history. Despite its many hills it is a walk-able city and I would recommend everyone see the Royal Mile in the early morning, as the sun is coming up, the shops are beginning to open and the tourists have not yet arrived.  Studying at the University of Edinburgh was an excellent experience. The university is large enough to provide many facilities and opportunities to explore but the Political Theory department is small enough to allow everyone to feel included. I loved the class discussions, the interesting lectures and the helpful staff. The students came from all across the world which allowed for discussion on a wide-range of topics. I really enjoyed studying International Political Theory. The lecturers were engaged and really brought the theoretical discussions to life. As I was taught the intricacies of debating political theory I was also given the opportunity to take classes focusing on political economy, urban anthropology and transitional justice alongside my core political theory modules. The sheer scope of ideas presented to me during the academic year widened my mind and better prepared me for any work I may do in the future. 
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