Undergraduate study - 2019 entry

The four-year experience: my story

Tabitha's choice of courses kindled her interest in history and our flexible four-year structure allowed her the freedom to change programme and pursue new career goals.

Tabitha James
Tabitha James, MA (Hons) Ancient & Medieval History

Scottish degree programmes are designed to include four years of study to give you a broader and more flexible education.

They allow you to try a range of subjects before specialising. Even if you know exactly what you want to do, you can study additional subjects and add depth to your education.

My story

"Coming to the University has been one of the defining moments of my life. The four-year programmes allow a great deal of flexibility and I have been able to fully explore my interests in different subjects.

"I applied to study MA (Hons) French & Classics and took a linguistics option in Year 1, alongside other history courses, then economics in Year 2.

"The two pre-honours years offered me the opportunity to study courses that weren’t available at school, and in particular, to explore periods of history to a greater extent. That led to my change in programme to MA (Hons) Ancient & Medieval History. Since then I have been lucky enough to receive a scholarship to travel to Israel and Jordan to visit historical sites in the Middle East – trips that I would not have been able to afford otherwise.

"Edinburgh has opened up many doors to me and although it is undoubtedly a huge learning curve it is well worth the journey. Through the flexibility of the four-year system I have gained knowledge in areas that a shorter structure would not have allowed. This has given me a grounding in a variety of fields which, in turn, gives me transferable skills I can take in to my career.

Developing skills

"There is also a breadth of activities available at the University. I have taken advantage of the active theatre societies and became Marketing Manager at the Edinburgh University Theatre Company.

"The societies Edinburgh offers put students in positions of responsibility and allow us to gain skills in areas where we might not usually get the opportunity. Experiences such as this, as well as internship opportunities in the cultural city of Edinburgh, are all helping me consolidate skills that I might not learn through my programme alone."

Edinburgh opened up many doors  to me and although it is undoubtedly a huge learning curve it is well worth the journey.”

Tabitha JamesMA (Hons) Ancient & Medieval History

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