As a Stirling undergraduate, I recognized the high quality of teaching available, and the friendly and supportive ethos that existed within the University. So when I decided to undertake advanced study in Scottish History, Stirling was the only option I considered. And from my first point of first contact, I received nothing but warm encouragement.
I received a great deal of help in applying for funding to support my studies, and was fortunate enough to gain an AHRC award. For a relatively small history department, Stirling has had a tremendous track-record in achieving external funding for its students.
From first to last, the Degree was very much my own. I wasn’t expected to slot into a pre-selected range of often very limited taught modules – which can be the case at many other universities.
I was interested in government, politics, and ideology in early 17th century Scotland, and with my supervisor I was able to choose a topic which appealed to me, and would also provide a good starting point for future doctoral study. My Master’s was tailored to my interests and to provide the best possible training to complete my final dissertation.
Being a postgraduate Stirling student is special. I felt part of a community of historians with very diverse research interests, and I also felt I was an integral part of the Faculty. I will always the treasure the friendships I have been able to make.
Having had the benefit of completing both my undergraduate and Master’s historical studies here, I know you will not meet a more talented and friendly group of historians with a real passion for their subject, and their students. As I move on to begin Ph.D. study at St. Andrews University, I know I’ve had the best preparation for what lies ahead and I will be eternally grateful to the staff who have supported and encouraged me throughout my time here.