Department of Political Science


Meet Christina Fluharty our current Legal & Political Theory MA Student

Christina discusses her experience of the programme so far

LPT student

Why did you apply to Political Science, UCL?

I applied to Political Science at UCL because I knew in my senior year of undergraduate back in the states that I loved legal and political theory, and I knew I wanted to continue my studies in London somewhere. The LPT program happened to be a perfect fit for me so I could study and learn more about my interests. 

Why come to London to Study?

I came to London to study from Washington, DC because I studied abroad at King's in 2018 and instantly fell in love with the city. Since then, I've been back three times, and London could not keep me away! There's always something to do - even during lockdown - and the city is really welcoming. 

What were your first impressions of the department?

My first impressions of the department were that they were knowledgeable, welcoming, and happen to have some amazing and impressive faculty on board. 

What is the rest of your cohort like? Have you managed to meet them?

I love my cohort! My program leader, Adam Swift, managed to plan a Marx Walking Tour for around ten of us in October and we got to meet about half of the cohort. Otherwise, we are a tight-knit group that frequently talks on WhatsApp. I really love seeing their faces on Zoom. 

What is online teaching and learning like?

Online teaching is going a lot better than I had anticipated. My professors are great about outlining everything that needs to get done on Moodle, and then being specific about due dates. They are really engaging during our Zoom lectures and are always willing to help if we need it. 

What do you like best about your course so far?

I really love two of my modules because they are helping me expand on what I already knew about legal theory, but I love the Peer Assisted Learning Seminar where Adam brings in guest speakers for us so we can learn to critique and discuss professional philosophy papers. 

What advice would you give to other overseas students wanting to study in the UK? (if applicable)

I would say, "Take the risk!" When I was on my flight to London, I kept asking myself what I was doing, and I was really nervous, but I do not regret a single moment. I've made some incredible friends, met very knowledgeable professors, and have been able to explore the city. 

Would you recommend your programme to prospective students in your home country and why?

I would definitely recommend my programme to prospective students in my home country because UCL has been able to provide me with such a diverse and exciting time in just one term. I was a bit nervous at first, but I have realized in a few short weeks that I am where I am meant to be. 

What are your career aspirations and how do your envisage your Masters helping with these?

I am not entirely sure what I want to do after my Masters, but I love learning and would ideally like to continue with my education. I think a PhD is in line for me in the future, and doing my Masters at UCL would help me build up a background in research for an eventual PhD.