Nathan Boyd

International Relations and Politics

Nathan Boyd

The range of skills which you have to use for all modules is huge, and on top of this you have dissertations you can chose to write as well as a huge range of independent study modules you can pick, which is entirely up to you within reason as to what you discuss, from a community police project to one off custom modules

Coming to Brookes turned out to be the best decision I could make, as they offered the course I wanted to study and I could gain a placement with my local MP and current Minister of Culture.

I chose to study politics and international relations because I wanted to work in this area, and find the subject very interesting and engaging.

The range of skills which you have to use for all modules is huge, and on top of this you have dissertations you can chose to write as well as a huge range of independent study modules you can pick, which is entirely up to you within reason as to what you discuss, from a community police project to one off custom modules (I for instance was able to use my placement to write evaluation pieces on both the work of a modern MP and controversial Policy Areas). The fact that you can choose to either focus your degree on a certain area of politics and international relations or go as wide as possible, shows to your employers that you are not a one trick pony, but you are able to choose and work independently if required and develop a range of skills which are vital in today’s competitive work market.

Without coming to Brookes, and being given the opportunity to study what I have, and been able to take the opportunities I have, then I don’t believe I would have the job prospects I have today. By being able to make my course flexible I was able to accept a placement as a Constituency Case Worker for a MP, which has not just provided me with vital work experience but also a career prospect after my degree. I honestly believe that Social Science Degree from Oxford Brookes is one of the best items to have on your CV in today’s ultra competitive job market.