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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Christian Sandjord

Christian Sandjord
Christian Sandjord
MSc in International and European Politics
Doing Now
Volunteer programme in Sudan

Tell me about yourself! Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Christian Sandjord. I am 26 years old and come from Norway. I'm interested in several things, but a considerable part centres around politics, history and literature. These topics are the backbone of my education and what I want to pursue in my career. Furthermore, I like to explore the sights and sounds of life. Quality time for me would be anything from the solitary confinement of the piano, a book, a film or a walk, to the varied pleasures of good company, being with friends, family or getting to know new people.

Why did you decide to do the IEP degree?

I chose the IEP degree mainly for its multi-disciplinary approach, which allows you to combine comparative, regional, international and European politics in one Masters degree. This affords you the flexibility of choosing different topics of interest in politics - and issues are often interlinked in the political world - while the thesis part provides for more in-depth study. Another significant reason was the reputation and prestige which the University of Edinburgh enjoys around the world, and the fact that it has an excellent politics department. I had also heard that Edinburgh was supposed to be a great city.

What were your best memories?

My best memories from my time there are firstly linked to the marvellous social life I had. I met so many special people from all over the world, some of whom are now very close friends of mine, and there was no shortage of adventures, good fun and new experiences. Secondly, I recall the stimulating study environment within the politics department as well as the intellectual challenges which I had to tackle.

What is it that you do now and did the degree help in your career path?

I am now living in Dongola, Sudan. I am teaching English part-time at the University of Dongola and working part-time on a health/development programme sponsored by the World Diabetes Foundation and the Sudanese Ministry of Health. I am planning to be six months in Dongola and six months in Khartoum, getting work experience in a developing country as well as learning Arabic. Although my career is just starting, I am convinced that the IEP degree has been and will be of great help. I think its greatest benefit lies in the excellent academic and intellectual schooling you achieve, which opens your mind to the many possibilities out there. It provides you with the stimulus and foundation on which you can build other things.

How did you like Edinburgh as a city?

Edinburgh is nothing less than a unique city. The location and its lay-out demands repeated exploration. There is so much to see and take in because every area has its distinct atmosphere and particular charm. One of the recurring themes of the city, though, is its gothic character, which you will not find anywhere else in the world. Edinburgh is really a small city, with just about half a million inhabitants, but it has got a big-city feeling and it's easy to get around. I now consider Edinburgh as a second home, as a good friend who I miss and long to see again.

Christian Sandjord