Why did you choose to study at Aston University?

For Katie, Aston University was one of the only universities in the UK to offer a degree combining both international relations and sociology. She said:

These two subjects particularly interested me as I enjoyed the idea of furthering my knowledge of social research alongside learning about our international political systems."

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Katie Yang

Tell us about your placement year

Katie completed her placement year at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as a social researcher. She said:

I was able to further develop my quantitative and qualitative research skills that I learnt through my studies through my placement.

My time at Defra provided me with an interesting contrast between academic research and government research.

It was a privilege being able to conduct social research within a government setting and having the ability to influence future policies directly through my work."