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MA Human Rights

Dareen Khalifa

MA Human Rights 2011-12.

UCL’s program attracted me because of its interdisciplinary nature, incorporating subjects such as international law, philosophy, and anthropology. Read more »

Natalie Tomlinson

MA Human Rights, 2008-09.

After finishing my BA in International Relations and Japanese I went straight into my MA programme at UCL. Read more »

Christina Kaili

MA Human Rights, 2007–2008.

After leaving the School of Public Policy in 2008, I have been employed by the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS), an NGO active in the field of gender equality and women’s rights. Read more »


MA Legal and Political Theory

Christopher Covo

MA Legal Political Theory 2011-12.

Attending UCL has been one of the most important, valuable experiences of my life by creating a matchless opportunity to allow me to participate actively in a global dialogue with my peers. Read more »

Temitayo Ogunye

MA Legal Political Theory 2011-12.

I was on the MA in Legal and Political Theory at UCL’s SPP from September 2011-September 2012, after having received my undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Politics from Manchester University in 2010. Read more »

Dr Patrick Tomlin

MA Legal and Political Theory 2003-04.
I came to London to study for the MA in Legal and Political Theory in 2003, having studied Politics at Nottingham, followed by a 'stage' (paid internship) at the European Commission. Read more »

Dr Laura Valentini

MA Legal and Political Theory 2004-05.
I had a wonderful time at the SPP, as a student on the MA LPT programme. In fact, I found the programme so stimulating, and the environment at SPP so friendly and congenial, that I decided to stay on for a doctorate, and then to return a few years later as a lecturer in political science! Read more »


MSc International Public Policy

Dylan White

MSc International Public Policy, 2010–11.

When I left SPP in the autumn of 2011, I wasn’t sure where my path would lead. Focused so intently on my immediate goal – the dissertation holy grail – I sometimes lost sight of life (and obligations) beyond the finish line. Read more »

Cathy Cullen

MSc International Public Policy, 2010-11.

I started working as a researcher at the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) in Ireland, just after I submitted my dissertation in September 2011. Read more »

Natasha Schou

MSc International Public Policy, 2009–10.

A few weeks after I handed in my dissertation, I started an internship at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) on Whitehall. Read more »

Julian Knott

MSc International Public Policy, 2005–06.

I completed my MSc in International Public Policy at SPP in 2006. I arrived having spent four years working in Brussels, first as an intern at the European Commission and then within an EU research consultancy firm. Read more »

Tammy Sandhu

MSc International Public Policy, 2004–05.

I joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 2005 after completing my MSc in International Public Policy. Read more »

Louisa Bartolo

MSc International Public Policy, 2012-13.
I can’t believe that I was in the throes of dissertation writing this time last year! What a crazy, stressful and hugely rewarding experience that was (it will feel rewarding once you hand it in, I promise!). Read more »

Mari Tunby

MSc International Public Policy, 2010-11.

Having taken a year out to work as a student adviser following an MA in public administration at the University of York, I decided that the UCL international public policy programme would be helpful in strengthening my skills in research methods – as well as furnishing me with five years of higher education recognised as a masters level criterion in the Norwegian labour market (I’m originally from Norway). Read more »


MSc Security Studies

Kevin Conroy

MSc Security Studies, 2009–10.

Flying in and out of conflict zones might not be the easiest life choice but my career after UCL has been full of excitement. Read more »

Stefano Gurciullo

MSc Security Studies, 2011-12.

After completing my MSc degree in Security Studies I started a PhD in Financial Computing, based both at the UCL Computer Science Department and the School of Public Policy. Read more »

Bryce Campbell

MSc Security Studies, 2009-10.

The Security Studies program was exactly what I needed to advance my career in the policy world in Washington, DC. Read more »


MSc European Public Policy

Isla Johns

MSc European Public Policy, 2009–10.

Upon leaving SPP in 2010, I went to Brussels for the traineeship at the European Commission, where I worked in Schools Policy and Partnerships. Read more »

Rabiah Mumtaz

MSc European Public Policy, 2007–08.

Having already completed an undergraduate degree in Law at UCL, I joined the School of Public Policy in September 2007 to pursue my Masters in European Public Policy. Read more »

John Considine

MSc European Public Policy, 2007–08.

I finished at SPP in 2008 just as the crisis hit and the full impact was still unknown. However, one of the more productive things I did during my summer at SPP was to apply for a traineeship at the European Commission. Read more »

Elisa Elschner

MSc European Public Policy, 2012-13.
Having done internships for the CBI in Brussels and my local MEP, I was excited to join UCL’s School of Public Policy for the MSc European Public Policy programme in autumn 2012. Read more »

Filip Tanay

MSc European Public Policy, 2008-2009.
The MSc European Public Policy (EPP) programme at UCL School of Public Policy was key in helping me get my current job: working for the European Commission at DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

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MSc Public Policy

Joe Hickey

MSc Public Policy, 2011-12.
The MSc in Public Policy was an excellent programme. It provided the opportunity for students to be introduced to the core elements of policy making and had a strong focus on research methods. Read more »

Martina Vojtkova

MSc Public Policy, 2009-10.

Shortly after graduating, I started working as a research assistant for the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), whose London office is situated rather improbably right next door to the SPP. Read more »

Charlotta Falenius

MSc Public Policy, 2010-11
With a MSc in Global Political Economy from the University of Helsinki and prior experience from the European Commission, by choosing the School of Public Policy at UCL, I was seeking a Master’s degree that combined a focus on the national policy process, public economics, and project management with a comprehensive training on research methods. Read more »

Jonathan Bond

MSc Public Policy, 2004–05.

After leaving SPP six years ago, I returned to the U.S. to begin law school, where the training I had received and the research interests I had developed in the MSc programme helped to guide my further studies and to propel me into new areas of inquiry. Read more »

Mark Rusling

MSc Public Policy, 2003–04.

Since leaving the School of Public Policy, I have had quite a varied career. When I started my Masters, I already had a contract at Linklaters in the City, training to become a solicitor. Read more »


MSc Global Governance and Ethics

Zahara Choudri

MSc Global Governance and Ethics, 2011-12.

After leaving SPP, I decided to work as a consultant in various projects within international development. During my time at SPP I was fortunate to gain huge support from the Department to run a charity campaign with the Jaago Foundation. Read more »


MSc Democracy and Comparative Politics 

David Barrett

MSc Democracy and Comparative Politics, 2012-13.

I entered SPP not knowing exactly what I should expect from the department. I knew the department was highly regarded, and the staff extremely capable.

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Ivan Besserer

MSc Democracy and Comparative Politics, 2012-13.

I arrived at UCL thanks to a Chevening Scholarship from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and after having worked for several years as a public official in Mexico (mostly at the Ministry of Foreign Relations and the Embassy of Mexico in the United States). Read more »

Fernando Remiro

MSc Democracy and Comparative Politics, 2012-13.
I came to UCL thanks to a scholarship from the Government of Navarra. I chose the programme because it was the only one specifically focused on democratic institutions from a comparative perspective. Read more »

Johannes Uhl

MSc Democracy and Comparative Politics, 2012-13.
Having graduated in Political Science with a focus on Comparative Politics, I chose the MSc Democracy and Comparative Politics programme as it was one of the few master programmes offering this specialisation. Read more »



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