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Runa Larsen

- Political Communication 12/13

Why did you choose to study at Cardiff University?

I wanted to study abroad and I wanted to specialize in political communication.

What was the most relevant/beneficial aspect of the course?

Doing empirical studies for my dissertation.

What did you enjoy most about the course/Cardiff University?

The political aspects of the modules.

Why would you recommend Cardiff to potential students?

It's a great city.

What do you plan to do next?

I have a half year internship in a public affairs company in Copenhagen.

Finally, describe your Cardiff experience in one sentence.

A good experience!


Joshua Fortey

Joshua Fortey

- Political Communication 11/12

What was the best thing about your course?

With a huge diversity of teaching staff, it was reassuring that you could pursue your personal academic pursuits knowing that the department had the expertise to match your interests.

Why did you choose to study at Cardiff University?

Its international recognition as one of the leading institutions for the study of political communications made my choice to study at Cardiff remarkably easy.

Describe the Cardiff social life?

Cardiff offers a diversified social life that caters to the needs and requirements of all its students. Be it a late night out, quiet drink at the local pub or participating in one of the hundreds of societies on offer at the university, you can be assured that you will find something to suit your needs

Why would you recommend Cardiff to potential students?

With the National Assembly in the Bay, numerous public relations and public affairs firms scattered across the city and the Welsh Government headquarters on the doorstep of the department, Cardiff
provides the opportunity for professional development that a big city offers whilst not having the hustle and bustle of other cities.

Finally, describe your Cardiff experience in one sentence.

Demanding but unbelievably rewarding!

Joshua is currently working on a BBC Trust impartiality project, as reported in The Media Guardian.


Nestor Laiviera

- Political Communication 11/12

What was the best thing about your course?

I deeply appreciated the way the course combined a hands-on approach with solid theoretical instruction that was grounded in established and informed research. It allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the contemporary international media sphere, and afforded me the academic tools to conduct research of my own, as well as present it in an accessible and authoritative manner.

Nestor Laiviera
Why did you choose to study at Cardiff University?

I chose to study at Cardiff University partly because of recommendations from mentors, tutors and peers, and partly because of the University’s reputation as a centre of excellence in the field of media and journalism studies.

Describe the Cardiff social life?

Cardiff’s social life is as varied as it is inexhaustible. There is always something for everyone, from quiz nights at the post-grad centre, to outdoor activities on a Sunday afternoon, or a concert on a Saturday evening. The diversity of the student body is an opportunity to meet many people from cultural backgrounds which one might otherwise not have the chance to meet and get to know.

Why would you recommend Cardiff to potential students?

Studying at Cardiff represents a chance to not only study at a University that is one of the UK’s best with regards to media and journalism studies, but it also offers the possibility to learn and work directly under established and experienced media professionals and academic authors.

Finally, describe your Cardiff experience in one sentence.

It was eye-opening because I acquired a deeper and more nuanced understanding of contemporary media trends from seasoned and passionate professionals who were able to share their knowledge with me in a way that made me thirst for more.


Yu Kwun Wai

- Political Communication 11/12

What was the best thing about your course?

The course outlined the relationship between Journalism and Politics that enabled me to look at how political communications actually work in different countries. The practical skill and knowledge obtained from the course also help me to find a job in political consultancy.

Why did you choose to study at Cardiff University?

I was interested in Political Communications but not many universities were offering this MA program and the reputation of JOMEC of Cardiff University attracted me to choose this school.

Describe the Cardiff social life?

It was my first time studying abroad. I am very appreciative of the help all the teachers and staff of Cardiff University. This enabled me to adapt to the social life. It is easy to meet new friends from other countries by attending the activities organized by the department and the student union.

Why would you recommend Cardiff to potential students?

The facilities of the school are very supportive to the students. I spent much time in the JOMEC library as well as the graduate center which provided me a nice environment for my study.

Finally, describe your Cardiff experience in one sentence.

The student life in Cardiff was fruitful and I missed the days of being a postgraduate student.


Newton Ndebu

Newton Ndebu

- Political Communication 09/10

What was the best thing about your course?

Practical approach to issues that made it easy to connect between theory and practice, and a wide international perspective in approach to the subjects taught.

Why did you choose to study at Cardiff University?

Recommendations from friends and colleagues who had studied there previously.

Describe the Cardiff social life?

Interesting opportunity for meaningful interactions with people from diverse
national and cultural backgrounds. The fact that I shared both classes and residences with people from different continents was not only fun but also served for great exposure.

Why would you recommend Cardiff to potential students?

It is a great place for learning with lots of learning resources and away from the disruptions characteristic of big cities.

Finally, describe your Cardiff experience in one sentence.

My experience at Cardiff was both enjoyable and enlightening, with numerous opportunities for the achievement of my goals of exposure and academic development.


Emma Nilsson

- Political Communications 08/09

What was the best thing about your course?

I enjoyed using different research techniques and different forms of presentation of my work. This made me feel like I really developed my research and presentation skills from my undergraduate degree.

Why did you choose to study at Cardiff University?

Because the programme sounded like a really interesting one coupled with the fact that Cardiff was an attractive choice of city to live in.

Describe the Cardiff social life?

It depends on your tastes: Cardiff caters for everyone. I have enjoyed the variation a lot.

Why would you recommend Cardiff to potential students?

It's a really nice city to live in and the university is a good one. Most of all though the JOMEC department staff are really very helpful. I have really enjoyed being a student here and have felt like I have had all chances to develop my skills and knowledge.

Finally, describe your Cardiff experience in one sentence.

Rich but rather stressful.