Benjamin Steyn

Why did you decide to apply for your course at Bristol?

I am particularly interested in political ideologies and in answering the big questions about equality, liberty and power. I was also drawn to the international relations aspect of the course.

The University has an excellent reputation, and I had also heard a lot of very positive things from current students about Bristol as a city.

How did the open day help you choose to study at Bristol?

During the open day, I heard a variety of politics professors speak about their chosen niche within politics, and what really appealed to me was how everything was research-led and the lecturers were all specialists in their fields.

What do you like best about your course?

My favourite aspect of the course was definitely the politics seminars. These always yielded lively and engaging discussions, and tutors always encouraged students to formulate their own opinions.

What do you think of the University's academics and facilities?

The politics library is well-stocked, with lots of relevant books. I also found the access to online resources particularly useful - having unlimited access to sites such as Jstor was invaluable to my studies.

What would you like to do once you've got your degree?

A degree in Politics has helped to give me a social conscience, and I would really like to go and work for an environmental charity.

Is there anything you would want to tell prospective students considering studying Economics and Politics?

If you are considering an Economics and Politics degree as a non-Oxbridge alternative to PPE, you will need strong Maths credentials because the Economics course here is mathematically challenging. If you have struggled with A level Maths, then you might want to consider Philosophy and Politics as an alternative degree.

Benjamin Steyn, BSc Economics and Politics
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