Nathalie - PhD
Nathalie talks about her experience of studying at Edinburgh and why she chose to study science and technology with us.
Nathalie Dupin moved from France to Edinburgh 17 years ago, she now studies PhD Science and Technology Studies in the School of Social and Political Science.
"Being able to study at the University of Edinburgh was the most important thing for me when choosing my programme.
Edinburgh has a world-class reputation and I am proud to be a part of the community."
As a mature student with an undergraduate degree from the Open University, I wasn’t sure I would be a good candidate for Edinburgh, especially knowing how oversubscribed some programmes are and the competition you face to get in.
So it was all very uncertain at the start. I didn’t make it onto my programme with the first proposal I wrote but I had met some wonderful people in the department and it just made me want to persevere.
Pursuing a PhD
I did a MSc by Research last year, which is the traditional way of getting into a PhD. The benefits are that your dissertation is an extended PhD proposal, which forms the basis of your work in the first year of the PhD.
When the PhD position was advertised, I sent an email to my supervisor saying I was interested and would like to talk about the position.
This gave us a chance to talk about the research but also to find out more about each other and whether we could work together.
Studying at Edinburgh
I like the interdisciplinary aspect of Science and Technology Studies and the fact you can integrate a variety of other disciplines and worldviews in your research.
Being a mature student, I thought I would be the oldest student here. I was nicely surprised to find that it’s not especially rare to return to studies after having acquired some work experience.
Being a postgraduate student at Edinburgh is one of the more rewarding experiences of my life.
It makes me feel good to achieve something, work independently, and to be part of a varied and active community. Edinburgh is a fantastic city for students and I love living here.
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