Megan Baxter

International Relations (Gender) MA

In addition to the full fee bursary that POLSIS offer, in 2013 we were also able to offer a £500 Masters fee reduction to a small number of final year Birmingham POLSIS students who had applied for postgraduate study with POLSIS. Megan Baxter (BA History and Political Science) was one of the recipients of this fee discount and is now studying for an MA in International Relations (Gender).

Megan BaxterWhen looking around various universities for my undergrad degree, the POLSIS department at the University of Birmingham stood out for me as a department that ranked impressively in various national University Guides. It also stood out offering excellent studying facilities, a diverse assortment of modules to choose from and teaching staff who were as passionate about introducing students to their speciality subjects as they were about their own personal research. As a result, I very much enjoyed studying within the department for my undergraduate degree (achieving a 2:1) and I decided to continue studying within the department as I felt secure in the knowledge that the teaching staff were of the highest standard, and at the forefront of POLSIS research. 

I am currently studying for a Masters in International Relations (IR) with Gender. The study of feminist theory became a passion during my first year of study for my Undergrad degree, and so I was keen to continue expanding my knowledge in the area of gender studies; the IR with Gender course offered by POLSIS was absolutely ideal for me. 

I feel confident that my Masters degree with POLSIS, my undergraduate degree and the amazing opportunities I have been able to take advantage of at Birmingham have developed me as a person and will open many doors for me in the future.

Studying in Birmingham has been the most fantastic experience; the campus is undeniably beautiful, and I adore the safe bubble that it provides. Every day is a hive of activity and busy students, particularly within the Guild of Students, where I have been actively involved in various student groups and campaigns for Sabbatical Officers since my first year at the university, and where I now work part-time as a Student Development Assistant while I study for my MA. Off-campus, I have the best of both worlds in that the city of Birmingham is just a short 10 minute train journey away - Birmingham is a great city of culture and history, with a thriving nightlife, and its largest train station (Birmingham New Street) a central hub of the UK's railway system, providing easy journeys for many UOB students to and from home. 

I have recently begun applying for graduate work schemes, and feel confident that my Masters degree with POLSIS, coupled with my undergraduate degree and the amazing opportunities I have taken that have developed me as a person at the University of Birmingham, will open many doors for me in the future. 

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