Darren Duffy

Glasgow, UK

There was little doubt in my mind that LSE was the best place to study international relations. The School has a unique position as one of the first seats of international relations in the world, with a heritage of delivering excellent and pioneering research. Having studied from textbooks written by many of the current staff at the School I knew that LSE was where I needed to be if I was to gain a true understanding of the discipline. It questions your preconceptions and everything you may have learned before, with tutors and peers alike always bringing fresh perspectives on timeless material.

The teaching style at the School encourages independent thought, calling for you to go beyond the confines of your comfort zone. By challenging you in this way the programme teaches you to grow as a person and an academic.

The international mix of students within the Department has added a further dimension to the programme, enabling the class to break through the traditional Euro-centricity associated with contemporary international relations.

The Library is one of the greatest assets of the School, with a collection of social science materials greater than any in Europe and you are guaranteed to always be able to find at least one relevant text on even the most obscure topic.

There are a large number of societies on campus for you to join, including the Grimshaw Club – the International Relations society. This Club has given me the opportunity to meet likeminded people, and to get involved in activities and trips overseas. During my time at the School the Club arranged trips to North Korea, Libya and Egypt among other places.

After graduating I worked in the Student Recruitment Office of the School, helping to encourage more students into the School. The combined educational and office experience at the School helped launch me into a career at Ernst & Young LLP. I will be returning to Glasgow to work as a Consultant in the Risk Advisory Service for EY as part of their graduate scheme. My time at LSE greatly helped in securing this role.



MSc International Relations