Clare Cummings

MSc in Research Methods with International Development

Why did you choose to study at The University of Manchester?

I am from Huddersfield, UK. I chose the University of Manchester because the university is well respected and because GDI has a good reputation with many academics producing interesting work. I had enjoyed living in Manchester previously and was keen to return. 

Why did you choose your particular course?

I took a masters course because it was an obligatory part of my ESRC doctoral funding. It was a useful year in which I had the time to explore concepts and topics that I wouldn’t have had time to learn about if I had begun my PhD straight away. I appreciated how flexible the university was in allowing me to access modules from different departments.

Was your degree funded by a scholarship or donor? 

I am really grateful to be funded by the ESRC. Without the funding, I would not have been able to pursue my PhD.

What is your best memory from your time at Manchester?

Excellent researchers, approachable and accommodating teaching staff and many public lectures and events.

Do you have any tips or advice for current or prospective students?  

GDI is a really nice place to study. It is welcoming, focused on improving development practice as well as theory and deserves its great reputation.