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School of Social and Political Science: Undergraduate study


Sociology: Athina

My name is Athina and I’m in my 4th year of an MA in Sociology. 

I’m taking The Project Presentation, The Internet and Society, Sociology of Intoxication and Health Systems: Strengthening and Reform along with my Sociology Project.

I genuinely wasn’t sure which field I wanted to study in; I enjoyed many subjects during the International Baccalaureate and didn’t want to tie myself down to a course and risk realising that it wasn’t right for me.

I chose Sociology because it related to people and was broad enough as a degree that within it I could study any topic and then take it from there.  

I purposefully didn’t sit down and plan my course choices to lead in a specific direction, but just took courses which I found interesting at the time of selection, and had in the back of my mind that the more topics I dipped my toe into the more I’d know what was out there. For example I was interested in medicine but had never studied chemistry so ‘Health Systems’ was perfect, or I would catch myself discussing drinking habits in Greece vs. the UK, and then found that there was a course designed to delve into exactly that!

Honours degrees are designed to give you a broader and more flexible education. They allow you to try a range of subjects before specialising in your final two years. 

I also nominated one of my Sociology lecturers for a EUSA Teaching Award. He was brilliant and a breath of fresh air - he even managed to make statistics fun!

Living in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a cultural melting pot, the city and university both have so much to offer. It’s my home away from home.

The structure of the city, the friendliness of the people and the organisation of the university made adapting to life here very easy.

The fact that you can be surrounded by culture and nature at the same time, and that there are opportunities here for everyone, make Edinburgh a great place to live and study. The city has so much to offer, it’s vibrant and beautiful but also feels safe and approachable for everyone.

I lived in Pollock Halls in my first year which, as a European student, was perfect for me. I was able to adjust to the new environment while at the same time felt secure in having communal and scheduled meals every day.

I have worked multiple part-time jobs in my four years here, the city makes it very easy to make some money and balance studies at the same time. 

During my time at Edinburgh I have also been involved with the university theatre company (Bedlam Theatre) as well as the Shakespeare Company, which has been amazing. Being able to enjoy and work around theatre without disrupting my studies was one of the reasons I chose Edinburgh.

Athina Kefalopoulou