MSc Security Studies, 2009–2010
Bryce Campbell, MSc Security Studies, 2009–2010.
The MSc Security Studies program was exactly what I needed to advance my career in the policy world in Washington, DC.
After completing my undergraduate studies and working in a number of different fields, my time at UCL made me a more attractive candidate for potential employers in a number of sectors. In my case, I was able to transition into the think tank world and to work on a diverse assortment of foreign policy issues.
My first position after completing my studies at UCL was as the Assistant Director of the Project on Internal Displacement at the Brookings Institution. I would later transition into similar roles for Brookings’ energy security and Africa programs before assuming the position of Managing Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies-US, the Washington office of the London-based think tank, in 2014.
In addition to great academic training, the opportunity to live and study in London is an obvious advantage. On top of UCL’s own considerable resources, access to other research institutes, internships and events across the city are a major strength that students on the program benefit from. During my year in London, I interned at an international NGO, attended policy discussions at think tanks and universities and still managed to find time for the occasional museum, concert and football match.
Simply put, choosing the MSc Security Studies program was both one of the easiest and best decisions for my career.
(Profile provided October 2014)