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John Masterson

MPhil in Postcolonial Diasporas

Both the University of Stirling and my chosen Programme were recommended to me by my undergraduate mentor and once on the course, I had the privilege of being taught by a series of highly motivated, internationally respected scholars in small, extremely interactive classes. 

Subsequently, I doubt I would have embarked upon a postcolonial studies themed PhD, had it not been for the inspirational commitment of my tutors. I am currently the English Lecturer at Wits University in Johannesburg but it’s quite possible I would not be in this job, had I not studied in Stirling’s incredibly supportive and stimulating environs.

My time there was formative in so many ways: akin to a master-class in both the necessity and rewards of intellectual rigour. That I now have a job I am passionate about is due, in no small part, to the people I was fortunate enough to come across and work with during my time at Stirling. 

Just as then I then learned so much from inspirational lecturers, so I still aspire to live up to their standards of commitment and excellence, every time I walk into a seminar room or publish an article. 

I remember my MPhil studies with great fondness.  And who knows?  Perhaps one day I might return to give something back to the University of Stirling and the Department of English that gave so much to me.

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