UCL Institute of the Americas


Harry Garnett Sammons

MA US Studies, 2017-18

The most enjoyable element of my time studying at the Institute of the Americas was the academic freedom that we were granted by our supervisors. Although each module was well structured and provided a framework for well-defined debate among the students, the course work and dissertation element involved a much greater degree of freedom.

Supervisors actively encouraged us to choose varied essay titles which often lay within the broader topic of the course but beyond the seminar syllabus. Similarly, for the dissertation element of the module, my supervisor encouraged me to write on what I wanted to write, and then to go off and get on with it by myself. Despite this freedom, my supervisor was readily available to answer my questions, arrange meetings, and challenge me to push my analysis further and produce the best work I could.