I chose King’s for my PhD studies because it has an outstanding international reputation in Middle Eastern Studies. My research uses the political theories of Antonio Gramsci to analyse the Egyptian Islamist movement. I found that King’s was one of the most receptive universities to this interdisciplinary approach, which was a definite pull factor for why I chose to study here.
For me personally, the supervision at King’s has been outstanding. In both a personal and professional capacity, I have found the teaching staff to be especially approachable and helpful in their conduct. A stand out experience for me has been the opportunity to teach history alongside my PhD studies. This has given me a new perspective on what it means to work in academia, and how to learn to balance the research/teaching workload; which is essential for life after the PhD.
Next year when I complete my thesis, I intend to build on this teaching experience and my research by hopefully getting a postdoctoral position at a university in the UK. My one piece of advice to give prospective students who are considering King’s as a place to study would be to throw yourself into every possible opportunity – seminars, teaching, conferences. Everything!