Adam Joseph-Kerr


Subject Law
Course MA International Law; Ethics and Politics
Country United Kingdom
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What, for you, are the best things about the course?

For me, the best things about the International law; Ethics and Politics course all stem from its multidisciplinary structure. Studying modules from three different disciplines has enabled me to configure a very broad masters programme that reflects all my academic interests. As well as providing me with a broad range of topics, the course also enables me to analyse them all in greater depth, since I have the freedom to consider the ethical, political and legal dimensions of each subject.

Finally, the multidisciplinary nature of the course also means that my seminars are spent with students from a range of different postgraduate courses. These students are from a variety of different academic disciplines each with unique areas of interest. This means that in every seminar I am exposed to a rewarding mix of ideas and opinions that I otherwise wouldn’t have been exposed to.

How will your degree prepare you for what you want to do afterwards?

After university, I hope to begin a career in social research. One of the reasons I chose this particular degree was because it has modules specifically designed to provide me with a strong understanding of qualitative and quantitative socio-legal research methods. The degree then enables me to evidence this new understanding by conducting an extended research project on a topic of my own choosing. These are essential skills and experiences that I was unable to gain at undergraduate level, that are crucial for what I hope to do afterwards.

What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

During my law degree, I became particularly interested in the experience of society’s minority groups. However, the nature of my programme meant that I was only able to consider these issues from a legal perspective. Therefore, a key motivation for undertaking postgraduate study was because it provided me with the opportunity to reconsider some of these issues from ethical and political perspectives.

Postgraduate study also provided me with a chance to gain skills that are essential for my desired career. Towards the end of my law degree, I began considering a career in research and soon realised that it was crucial that I develop a better understanding of socio-legal research methods. Fortunately, my postgraduate study has enabled me to explore specific modules that will introduce me to the theoretical underpinnings and practical application of these research methods.

Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?

Having already had such a positive experience, it was always going to be difficult to find another institution that appealed to me as much as the University of Birmingham. Studying here for three years already, I was confident that I would receive the support needed to make the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study. As well as this security, I also chose to stay at the University because it appeared to be going through an exciting period of change. A range of new campus facilities, such as the new library and sports centre, meant I was confident that I would still be able to have a new and refreshing experience.