Department of Political Science


Meet Fergus Neilson our current MSc Democracy and Comparative Politics student

Hi! I'm Fergus and I study MSc Democracy and Comparative Politics.


Why Did you apply to Political Science, UCL?

UCL is a 'top ten' university in a 'top ten' city with a 'top' reputation for Political Science. 

What were your first impressions of the department?

I am a very mature age student! My first graduation (BA) was in '70 and my last (MBA) was in '85. My first weeks passed in a blur of bewilderment. But, whatever my questions or concerns, there was always someone at the department to help me out. 

What is the rest of your cohort like?

Young! And super smart.

What is the teaching and learning like? How are you finding online lectures?

Not like it was in the sixties! On-line works for me; but am hoping the world returns to normal in 2022.

What do you like best about your course so far?

Its connection with what is going on out there in Washington and Whitehall and Paris and Berlin and the rest of it.

What advice would you give to other overseas students wanting to study in the UK? 

Bring a lot of warm clothes.

Would you recommend your programme to prospective students and why?

Yes, I would. For exactly the same reasons I chose to do Political Science at UCL.

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

At my age I am in the fortunate position that my future career prospects are not dependent on the outcome of my final results! That said, I hope I still have the energy to help the Australian Democrats back into a meaningful role in Australian politics.