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Zoe Clarke

Peace and Conflict Studies (MA)

Why did you choose Manchester?

The chance to study with leading scholars in the field is invaluable! I read the course description and course unit outlines and felt so excited; I immediately knew it was the course for me.

Why did you pick your course?

It hit everything I was passionate about. We have so much freedom to focus on the areas we find most interesting, from theory to empirical studies.

What’s the best thing about your degree?

Every single one of my tutors has been friendly, understanding, and approachable. They are all such experts in their field that I feel confident going to them for help, and I know they are willing to do their best for the students.

Are there any course units you’ve particularly enjoyed?

I took Ethics in World Politics last semester, and I found it fascinating. The theory I studied in that course unit helped me to understanding the world better, and I am using it in my second semester course units and dissertation. It really helped me develop academically.

What benefits do you think your course and the University will give you on graduation?

I have seen my writing and critical thinking skills improve even in the short time I’ve been on my course. I think this will stand me in good stead in employment, and I hope to keep using these skills my whole working life.

Have you taken part in any of the University’s societies and student activities?

I am helping set up The University of Manchester Amnesty International Society – everyone has been so helpful!

Why should an applicant choose Manchester?

Studying at Manchester gives you the opportunity to learn from world-class academics in a friendly, supportive environment where there is always something going on.

What is your favourite thing about the city of Manchester?

I was born and raised in Greater Manchester, and I truly think it is the friendliest city on earth!