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School of Social and Political Science: Undergraduate study


Sustainable Development: Sophie

My name is Sophie and I’m in my 1st year of an MA in Sustainable Development.

I’m taking Sustainable Development 1A, Social Anthropology 1A, Human Geography, Science and Society 1B, Sociology 1B and Social Anthropology 1B. 

After having a break from education I started looking at potential degrees that I could study. Sustainable Development is a relatively new degree programme that wasn’t available when I left school and it suited my interests perfectly!

I am interested in climate change and social responsibility and I felt the traditional degrees weren’t quite what I was looking for. The Sustainable Development degree is really flexible and I have been able to tailor it to suit my interests.

I am really interested in the study of people; Social Anthropology, Human Geography and Sociology have allowed me to expand my knowledge. They are all quite different courses but all equally interesting. The great thing about the degree is that there are so many options available to you!

Usually you can study a combination of subjects in your first two years before specialising in your final years.

My favourite course has been Sustainable Development 1A. Each lecture is different and the lecturers are all really enthusiastic which makes the course so engaging.

Living in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a vibrant city that has lots going on. To me it’s one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Where else has a castle on top of an extinct volcano? 

It’s full of history and culture so has the best of both worlds. It has great shops and nightlife and when you feel like you want a break from it all you can go and sit in Princes Street gardens beneath the castle and just relax.

I live at home and was initially a bit nervous that it wasn't going to be easy to meet people. However, it was a lot easier than I thought!

For me settling into life at Edinburgh was easy. After the first few days of finding where everything was I began to relax a lot more and enjoyed meeting new people. I just had to remember that every other first year was in the same situation! 

I was lucky enough to have a job in place before I started university so it was just a case of adjusting my working hours around my studies. I have found that working one day a week still allows me time to do my studying but also get a bit of extra cash! For me one day is the right balance between studying and working. You need to remember to give yourself some time to just chill out as well! 

I am part of the Sustainable Development Society which has been a great way to meet people from other years of my course and chat about the things that interest us. I am keen to get involved in some of the sports societies next year and there are plenty to choose from!

Sophie Cheney