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Douglas Richards

Douglas Richards

Name: Douglas Richards
From: The Isle of Man
Degree: MSc Global Health and Public Policy
Graduated: 2009
Doing now: PhD International Public Health Policy

What were you doing before you applied to the MSc?

Before the MSc I was studying politics and international relations at the University of Aberdeen.

Why did you apply to the programme?

I applied to improve my knowledge, to learn new skills, to meet new people, and to work in a department that had an excellent academic profile.

What are your best memories from your time studying here?

Meeting great people who brought tremendous passion and energy to the subject matter we studied. Since I started my studies in 2008 I've been lucky to study and work with some really interesting characters who have really challenging ideas that are there to be debated in the seminar room or the pub.

What's it like being a student in Edinburgh?

It's great to be student in Edinburgh. The city has so much to offer for all types of people, its history, its culture, its beauty, its music scene and nightlife make it a wonderful place to live and study as there is always something to do. It really is great fun to able to walk around the city as it's reasonably compact compared to other places, walking around Edinburgh is the best way to get to know the place - you'll also discover new and interesting places to visit when you're walking through Edinburgh's historic streets.

What have you done since graduating?

Since graduating I decided to continue my studies here in Edinburgh as I wanted to learn even more about current global health policy. In essence, I stayed at the University of Edinburgh to become a better researcher and to work in an environment with the right people to help me with my ongoing doctoral research (which is investigating the policy genesis of current global HIV surveillance strategies launched by the World Health Organisation). I've been privileged enough to continue working with friends and colleagues I met when I started my MSc in September 2008.

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