Monique - PhD in Archaeology
Monique, PhD in Archaeology, is a keen Harry Potter fan but also a lover of The Lord of the Rings, Marvel Comics and Tad Williams.
What attracted you to the University of Edinburgh and this programme, in particular?
I had never visited Scotland before I began studying here. I applied in part because of how beautiful the city looked, but I was able to meet several alumni in my hometown who really sold the university community and the city as an excellent place to live (especially as an international student!). What really set Edinburgh above other schools, for me, was the calibre and the diversity of research interests that the lecturers in the Archaeology department held.
Do you have any advice for other overseas students?
You are still here to learn, but make sure you take some time to enjoy the city and the country – it really is spectacular, and there’s something for everyone!
What was it about the research environment at Edinburgh that stood out to you?
There is a very hands-on approach to learning that was very helpful to me. There are also many seminars and lectures that are open to everyone to attend, and are a great opportunity to meet other students and researchers in your field. Even if you do not think a subject will be of direct interest to you it is always a good idea to attend as you may be inspired in your research, or at the least you can learn something new. This was the best way for me to get to know other members of the department – especially if you are a research student and do not have class time.
What is the best thing about doing your PhD at Edinburgh so far?
The people I’ve met here, who I hope I will be able to maintain contact with into my professional career, and the opportunities to teach, travel, and network within my field have been wonderful.
Do you have any plans after you graduate?
I hope to complete a post-doctorate, and one day hold a position either with a university, laboratory, or museum. My public speaking has greatly improved, as has my ability to meet a deadline, and manage my various commitments effectively.
...and finally, do you have any advice for anyone thinking of studying at the University of Edinburgh?
Make sure you know what you want to research, and who you wish to work with. Particularly for a PhD, you will need to be able to self-discipline, and manage your time effectively in order to succeed.
What really set Edinburgh above other schools, for me, was the calibre and the diversity of research interests that the lecturers in the Archaeology department held.