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School of Social and Political Science: Undergraduate study


Sustainable Development: Briana

My name is Briana and I’m in my 4th year of an MA in Sustainable Development.

I’m taking Social and Political Movements: Theory and Practice; Globalization; Global Justice and Citizenship; Gender, Marginality and Social Change as well as my dissertation in Sustainable Development. 

I chose to study at Edinburgh because of its international reputation and the presence of its international community as well as the size and character of the city. I could not have studied anywhere else – I’ve loved every minute of it.

What I love about my degree is its multidisciplinary nature, I’ve been able to take courses in almost every school across the university. The degree allows us to critically engage with a discipline and an idea that pervades all of society.

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 yoru final two years. 

My favourite course was Science and Society 1A. We studied a plethora of subjects that you would not be able to engage with in any other academic setting and the lecturer was brilliant.

When I complete my degree I hope to pursue a career in sustainability and the arts. I want to start up my own Sustainable Lifestyle Consultancy.

Don’t be afraid to shape your own experience at university, there are no real rules and there is so much to be gained from a programme like Sustainable Development.

Living in Edinburgh

The magic of the city of Edinburgh peeps around every street corner, through every close and every fleck of pale grey sky. 

There is no other way to describe it but magical. I wake up every morning and think how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful city. 

I also love the great variety of food in Edinburgh. The sustainable and ethical food scene seems to have really exploded here recently; there are so many great restaurants, cafés and coffee shops to enjoy.

As an international student, my involvement in societies helped me to settle into life in a new city. My university experience would not have been the same without them!

I’ve been involved in numerous societies during my time here and have also had a few nominated EUSA positions. I am currently President of the North American Society and I’m also standing for the sabbatical position of EUSA President. I will know the election results soon!

I have a part-time job working with admissions. The job is right on campus and wonderfully flexible. 

Most of my roles have involved lobbying to improve the student experience, and I feel that I’ve achieved a lot throughout my four years. It has been a pleasure to work with such amazing and talented people.


Briana Pegado