Department of Political Science


Alecsis Rosca

Alecsis is one of our current Politics and International Relations students.

PIR Student Profile

Why did you apply to UCL?

I wanted to study Politics at a top University, and UK was my dream country.

What made you study Politics and International Relations?

I find this field extremely offering, both in learning opportunities and career branches. While I was fairly comfortable with my choice, I knew that PIR would allow me to specialise in whatever domain I would consider fit.

What is the teaching and learning like?

Teaching is rather engaging, especially in the seminars. Most professors are passionate about their modules and manage to ignite interest for it from the students. I found the learning curve a bit hard to grasp at first, mainly due to my background, but the resources available (guidance, people, the department etc.) made it easier for me to accommodate to the new paradigm.

What do you like best about your course so far?

The overall variety and freedom of choice. The modules vary from social issues to military problems, internal and external. Virtually every political niche is touched upon one way or another, and this really gives the students the chance to study whatever they consider best for their future profession.

What is the rest of your cohort like?

None of us is like another. Out of roughly 100 course mates, each one is from a different background, mentality and sets of values. Despite it sounding like an inevitable conflict, the course really managed to bring both different and like-minded people together in an environment that encourages healthy discourse and exploration.

Would you recommend your programme to prospective students and why?

Depending on the students. I would recommend the programme to those prospective students that are willing and comfortable to come out of their comfort zone, both academically and socially. If you perhaps seek a more clear, layed-out path to follow for your future, with little to no options on the side, I don't think this course would be right for you (not that there is anything wrong with that!).

If you could implement one for policy in the world today, what would it be?

Mandatory legislative, economical and political training courses for high school pupils. Whilst some countries do start specialising its youth from an early stage, fundamental knowledge regarding finance, political values and principles, justice, law etc. is not institutionally supported and presented to adolescents in a large enough amount. I believe this type of education is most needed and should become a worldwide norm.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Frankly, it varies a lot. But each day does include a study section, at least one meal out with friends or coursemates, and unless it is an exceptionally demanding day for the course or work, I am probably ending it with a variation of book-reading or gaming, socialising at a pub or a cozy dinner with a select group of people.

Can you give any advice to those applying for this programme? 

Make use of all the opportunities given to you by the student life, both academically and socially. Join societies and clubs centred around your passions or hobbies, go out to events and meet people, explore all the places that UCL gives you access to (both for networking, and fun). Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and ask for help or guidance when you feel like you need it. Often misrepresented in media, the student life has its ups and downs, and can be overwhelming in a negative way more often than not. It is ok to be scared or sad sometimes, but don't let this stand in the way of enjoying everything London has to offer.

Where is your favourite study place on campus?

For studying, the department buildings (mainly Gordon Square). For 'studying', Student Centre, a lovely place for anything ranging from light-hearted projects to in-depth conversations with the people you meet here.

Was there anything you wish you knew about the application process?

Not necessarily, pretty much everything is explicitly stated online.

What do you want to do with your degree?

I wish to pursue an economics-focused career in the private sector.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

The launch of my first book. Whilst a mediocre work written in high school, achieving the proper launch of it gave me the confidence needed to refine my style and improve my expertise in different fields. Now I am finding great satisfaction in collaborating with different UCL societies and non-university related entities in writing articles and more.