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American Studies (Not running from 2010 entry) MA
I decided to return to King's as a graduate student on the MA American Studies programme following my excellent experiences here as an undergraduate in the English Department. I have always found the American studies staff to be inspiring and helpful, and it was a mixture of personalities and department reputation that led me back. My master's was extremely stimulating and enjoyable and helped me decide to pursue an academic career. I have stayed on to do my PhD with funding from a King's Humanities Research Studentship. The American studies resources are outstanding, most notably the collection at Senate House, as well as the British Library and the Eric Mottram Collection at King's.
I have made great friends during my time at King's and have always acknowledged the huge part London has to play in the student experience, both socially and academically. The department sponsored graduate staff/student seminars, held fortnightly, have also been a great way to meet other academics working in the field and to learn about new research, followed, of course, by vital departmental bonding in the pub!
The Strand Campus is right in the heart of London and I still find the views across the Thames from the students' union impressive even after five years at King's! The Strand Campus and the Maughan Library in Chancery Lane give students the best of both worlds - grand classical buildings with modern facilities. Coming from London, I have been fortunate enough to live with my family while doing my graduate study, which has obviously kept living costs down, but hasn't stopped me enjoying the social side of King's. London is a wonderful and vibrant city with something for everyone and subsequently King's has none of the claustrophobia of a campus university.
A large part of the attraction of King's was studying in the centre of London with the City, Covent Garden and Leicester Square and the South Bank all under ten minutes away. I know it might not be everyone's favourite, but I love the tube and get some of my best reading done while travelling!
Money is obviously a big concern for most students but one of the advantages of being in London is the number of job opportunities. I have had great work experiences while studying at King's, both in administration and teaching, which definitely contributed to the value of my degree.
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