Department of Political Science


Fane Pifeleti

Fane- Global Governance & Ethics student.

Alexis Pifeleti

Why did you apply to the Political Science Department, UCL?
I applied for the Political Science Department at UCL because I had been searching online for a MSc Political Science course that offered a global perspective. I studied the prospectus of the Global Governance and Ethics course online and admired the focus on international multilateral institutions. The contents of the course as well as the prospects of employability in a niche and unique course as Global Governance and Ethics, is what gravitated me to apply. 

What were your first impressions of the department?
The department and faculty showed great care to ensure incoming students felt welcomed and supported. Immediately joining in September, the department offered exciting academic events, networking opportunities and some fantastic introductory gatherings for students. I believed my first impressions of the department was that their welcome to UCL was terrific. 

What is the rest of your cohort like?
The MSc Global Governance and Ethics students share close rapport with one another and the course and staff are deeply integrated and closely acquainted, this is greatly beneficial for students who often seek support and encouragement from their peers. I would say the intimacy of the size that the cohort offers has been a huge factor that has played into my enjoyment of the course. 

What is teaching and learning like?
Teaching is structured with vast amounts of academic wealth and encouraged by student-led seminars. Reading and learning material are always provided on online learning platforms and faculty have been greatly responsive and supportive of any queries and questions. Student-led discussions allow for better inter-relationship dialogue and expansion on key topics, ideas and uncertainties. The contents of the course are highly relevant to contemporary issues and flexibility of reading material and assessments is allowed with consultation of seminar leaders and lecturers. 

What do you like best about your course so far?
The best part of the course that I enjoy are discussions amongst seminar groups and leaders, it encourages confidence and generates new ideas as well as motivation to engage in the reading. I also like best the substantial relevance the course offers in regard to current affairs and global governance. Most notably I believe the uniqueness of the course offers great prospects for better employability. 

What advice would you give to overseas students wanting to study in the UK?
Actively engage in the course as best as you can and make great friends in all modules and compulsory units as you can offer each other great support. 

Would you recommend your programme to prospective students and why?
I advocate for this course because it offers originality and uniqueness that other traditional courses do not. This course makes you as a candidate stand out and think outside the box. Whilst the notion of higher education is conventional, this type of degree in some aspects is arguably unconventional and interesting. 

What are your career aspirations and how do you envisage your master’s helping with these?
I aspire to pursue a career in development finance or the governance of global trade. I believe this degree has made me realise I have potential and a passion for these areas. 

What is your greatest achievement to date?
Achieving first class honours in my undergraduate degree and the prospect of completing my postgraduate degree at UCL with first class honours. 

Was there anything you wish you knew about the application process?
UCL applications were transparent and informative, there was not a paticular area I wish I knew. 

Where is your favourite study place on campus?
Postgraduate lab in the Science Library and the IOE Library - they offer free disposable ear plugs!

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

Abolition of hate