MSc Democracy and Comparative Politics, 2012–2013
Fernando Remiro, MSc Democracy and Comparative Politics, 2012–2013.
I came to UCL thanks to a scholarship from the Government of Navarra. I chose the MSc Democracy and Comparative Politics programme because it was the only one specifically focused on democratic institutions from a comparative perspective. I knew I was joining a prestigious university, but what I found here far exceeded my expectations.
In terms of content, the programme provided a comprehensive and valuable review of the main authors and subjects in the field, but it was its extraordinary emphasis on methodology which has had a crucial impact on the way I now understand research and social science.
I enjoyed the compelling and thought-provoking balance between quantitative and qualitative methods, which is not always the case in social sciences, and I had the opportunity to learn from scholars which came from fairly diverse theoretical backgrounds. The programme helped me narrow my research interests and set the ground for the design of a PhD project, a possibility I don’t rule out for the near future.
Since leaving the SPP I’ve done internships at the European Parliament and at Access Info, an international NGO that works in the field of transparency and access to information. At the moment I’m working at FIIAPP, the Spanish public body for international aid and technical assistance in the field of public administration and institutional building.
(Profile provided August 2014)