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Meet Our Political Economy MA Alumni

GPhoto Ginette Brenkman_MAPEinette Brenkman, MA Political Economy, 2016

Before my degree I had... 

Completed an undergraduate degree in Law, Postgraduate in Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law.

 In my degree I particularly enjoyed... 

The interdisciplinary character of this programme. My aim was to get a better understanding of economics as I experienced just how powerful and influential economic considerations are in private and public decision-making. Political Economy teaches you how this process occurs by drawing from economic, political and philosophical theory and practice. Moreover, we received pre-sessional Politics and Economics teachings during the first week of the programme, which were very useful for me as I had no academic background in either of these disciplines.

I was challenged by... 

The amount of reading was challenging, as well as writing 6000-word essays for most of my courses. 

My thesis was on...

'Universal Basic Income'

After graduating I plan to go on to...

Work in risk or the public sector. 

The degree has been useful/ has helped with career development because... 

Understanding how people make decisions and how this may or may not vary across different countries and cultures will be useful in any working environment. Also knowing about possible relations between the state and the market is helpful in the workplace, as the public and private sector are always interacting with each other. 

To get the most out of this degree my advice is to... 

Interact with other students; you can learn a lot from each other!


MMirian_breueririan Fabian Breuer, MA Political Economy, 2016

Before my degree I had... 

Completed a BSc in Economics

In my degree I particularly enjoyed... 

There were two major aspects which made this programme very exciting for me. First, it was the unique curriculum. I found it so exciting to deal with a broad range of theories, trying to understand the relationship between individual and institutional systems. I discussed mainstream economic approaches (such as rational choice), as well as heterodox school of thought (like Austrian economics).Second, I enjoyed the intellectually stimulating environment, which was particularly due to the enthusiasm of the teachers. They pushed us to think critically and creatively about a variety of topics allowing us to explore our own passion for topics. The enthusiasm was thrilling and contagious

I was challenged by...

A major challenge for me was to produce high quality essays. 

For our writing assignments we had to write a high-quality article for an academic journal. It required us to write in a concise and structured way, to be harsh and critical with our writing, and to find a way to convey ideas clearly. 

My thesis was on... 

'Jurisdictional competition and externalities in the face of bounded rational agents'. To explain,  the focus was to see if competition provides sufficient institutional environment to solve externality problems on a decentral level, by discovering new and better solutions.'

After graduating I  plan to go on to... 

  • Work as policy adviser or policy consultant
  •  Start a PhD programme

The degree has been useful/ has helped with career development because..

It has definitely given me a clearer picture of what it means to be an academic. I learned what it means to write good articles, how important it is to follow the discussions of peers in the relevant fields, and how important it is to discuss one’s ideas with teachers and fellow students.

Furthermore, it helped me to figure out how I have to schedule and approach my work – which techniques and ways work the best for me. This is particularly due to the freedom we enjoyed in our programme (for example in choosing our own essay topics). 

To get the most out of this degree my advice is to.. 

  • be in close contact with your classmates
  • be in contact with your teacher
  • attend the Department's research seminars, as well as events held by King's College and the London School of Economics and Political Science
  • attend events in London like Think Tanks
  • most importantly, enjoy the amazing city!

 

Esteban Gonzalez

MA Political Economy 2016

Before my degree I had..

Finished a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations in 2011. After that I worked in academia, think tanks and activism. 

In my degree I particularly enjoyed.. 

The quality of the faculty members and my fellow students. It was easy to find motivated individuals with common interests over economic, political and philosophic issues.

I was challenged by..

Managing my time between academic responsibilities, sports and other cultural and intellectual activities. I wanted to make the most out of this experience.  

My thesis was on..

Violence and gun regulation, an argument for self-defence 

After graduating I have gone on/ plan to go on to..

Work in academia and think thanks, maybe even pursue a PhD in political philosophy or economics.

The degree has been useful/ has helped with career development because.. 

It made me think and articulate my thoughts in a systematic way. Assessed essays and seminar-like modules are a great way to engage in analytical thinking. Also, faculty and visiting professors such as Peter Boettke and David Schmidtz were very helpful in career orientation. 

To get the most out of this degree my advice is to.. 

Engage in a dialogue with faculty, fellow students, and the intellectual community in London. The topics treated on this M.A. have a broad application to policy debates, and there are many seminars and conferences (inside and outside of King’s) where students can use their knowledge to engage in conversations with very interesting people. 

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