SOAS University of London

Lucy Rawlings

The course has lived up to my expectations one hundred percent and I have especially valued hearing from the experiences of my fellow students who come from a range of countries and backgrounds, some from academia and others who have worked within NGOs, governments, and large corporations.

As an undergraduate I studied Accounting and Finance at the University of Birmingham. In my final year I studied a module in International Taxation which sparked my interest in fiscal policy, particularly in relation to development and developing countries.

Following this I decided to pursue a course in Globalisation and Development. I already knew about SOAS and I liked the sound of the course, as it offered broad content within the core modules, and opportunities to specialize through the dissertation and options.

The course has lived up to my expectations one hundred percent and I have especially valued hearing from the experiences of my fellow students who come from a range of countries and backgrounds, some from academia and others who have worked within NGOs, governments, and large corporations. The wealth of practical experience and knowledge brought to our classroom discussions provided the perfect accompaniment to our theoretical studies. SOAS has offered me a truly international education that I do not feel I could’ve received anywhere else, perfectly complementing the study of Globalisation and Development.

Ultimately, I would like to work in the fields of development, policy and international relations, hopefully within the civil service, perhaps for DFID or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, or with an NGO.