I decided to pursue a master's in Applied International Development, based on my work experience in Malawi. During my time there, I worked in a number of roles in the rural development sector and developed a passion for the field; I was determined to study further in rural development.
Having studied Agribusiness Management at undergraduate level, I was very interested in this programme’s content. I chose the programme as I realised the modules were in line with my career aspirations, which involve continuing my work in the rural development sector in a developing country.
The MSc in Applied International Development links theory, policy and practice for effective international and community development. It has given me the opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the complex factors which influence the effectiveness of planned interventions. The flexibility of the course has also allowed me to focus my learning, by studying a specialised pathway.
I chose to pursue a MSc at Reading because I was inspired by my friends who were already studying here. They spoke highly of the University and the exciting mode of delivery of course content, as well as Reading town centre and the fairer weather compared to other parts of the UK! I also wanted to get a scholarship to sponsor my studies. I applied for the Marshal Papworth scholarship and, fortunately, managed to secure one!
This scholarship has fulfilled my dream of studying a higher degree at a prestigious university, something I would have struggled to do on my own. I feel that this scholarship has, in effect, connected me to the world; I am interacting with people from different cultures, in a variety of professions. This makes for interesting discussions when we are sharing different perspectives on international development. Through these friendships, I now know I would not be a ‘stranger’ or feel isolated in any country I could be working in.
When I graduate from Reading, I hope to contribute my expertise to the development of broad-based rural development policies, working with rural communities on utilising local knowledge in various challenges and, also, on the facilitation of partnerships for rural programmes in development and management.
I would happily recommend this programme and the University of Reading to prospective students, just as my friend did for me! It is a brilliant programme for people who are interested in international development issues and want to explore their solutions. I am honoured that I’ve been given this opportunity thanks to the Marshal Papworth Scholarship!