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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Ingmar Zielke

Ingmar Zielke
Ingmar Zielke
Berlin, Germany
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I am Ingmar Zielke, 25, from Berlin. I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2010.

My interest in European Politics and International Relations dates back to my school time. Prior to my studies in Edinburgh, I obtained a BA in media management in Berlin and an MA in European Cultural Policies from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. I have formerly focused on research regarding the creation of a European Public Sphere through transnational media and the neoliberal Western media policies that have to a large extent triggered the process of globalisation. I am a member of, an online magazine for young Europeans, and 'The UK meets Germany - a Forum for Young Leaders'. Apart from politics, I am interested in football, literature and electronic music.

Why did you decide to do the IEP degree?

There are three main drivers for my decision to study IEP. First and foremost, it is my interest in international politics and my willingness to develop a broad knowledge base of international politics and history. 'The only thing I know is that I know nothing', but IEP can certainly contribute to clarify developments regarding trade, capital, ideas, people, technology, information, diseases and crime. My second driver is to help reverse the development of an ever diminishing security community in Germany. There is as a matter of fact a blatant lack of young security experts in Berlin. My long-term aim is to fill this gap and contribute to an improved security understanding in my home country. My third driver to start the degree was the hope that an international degree from a world class institution would help me to get into a prestigious PhD-programme thereafter.

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

My pursuit of a degree in International Relations was a long-term plan that originated in my business and communication studies in Berlin and was reinforced at the University of Warwick. After my degree in Edinburgh, I applied for PhD places in the UK and, thanks to my detailed knowledge in nuclear policies based on my MSc dissertation in Edinburgh, as well as the outstanding recommendation letters from my professors in Edinburgh, I secured a place at the prestigious War Studies Department at King's College London from September 2011 onwards. I have in the meantime interned at Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and am currently interning at a political think tank in London. My current internship is helping me to network with many London-based political think tanks officials, MPs and journalists and will prove to be an asset for my doctoral studies here in London.

What were your best memories?

My best non-academic memories include playing football in the Meadows, the truly inspiring pub and club environment, and meeting interesting people from Europe, the US and Asia. House parties in Edinburgh are certainly something nobody should miss out. I also look back fondly at the extensive coffee breaks during library research, the close and easy-going relationships with university professors and my desperately envisioned, yet never entirely achieved, regular gym sessions as highly valuable memories. Moreover, I really appreciated the stimulating and challenging academic environment in Edinburgh.

How did you like Edinburgh as a city?

Edinburgh is probably the best city in which to live in the United Kingdom. It has a unique spirit of Scottish folklore and young creativity. If the city was placed in the Mediterranean and could henceforth avoid the regular drizzle, it would be in one line with Barcelona and Honolulu. Do not miss out Cabaret Voltaire, a classy students club!