Maria Merino studied MSc Public Policy, graduating in 2021. She lives in Lima, Peru, and worked as a lawyer before becoming a senior consultant in regulatory improvement, advising government entities and international organisations on public policy.
She talks to us about how studying for her master’s has helped her develop her career path.
How has doing a master’s at Bath made a difference to your career?
After working as a lawyer, I wanted to be involved more with international organisations and work on projects that incorporated the application of public policy and delivered better policy for countries. Still, I needed to gain the depth of knowledge to do this kind of work.
Since doing this degree, more doors have opened up for me professionally. Now I am seen as a lawyer and as a professional who can work in analysing, shaping and delivering public policy.
I currently work with international organisations in Germany, Costa Rica, and Peru, and am also working on a project with the World Bank. I apply what I learnt on this course in my job every day and I now feel much more confident because I have the tools to deliver this kind of work.
Why did you choose to come to Bath?
As a lawyer, I already had a master's degree in law, but I had always been interested in public policy and began to realise this was an area I wanted to pursue further.
After looking at various options, Bath appeared to be one of the best universities. Professors specialised in public policy, and the research they were developing around technology and the applied value of public policy were topics that I really wanted to focus on more deeply.
What would you say were the strengths of the course?
The course was well thought through and everything I expected it to be. I really enjoyed covering topics in-depth quickly.
I also found the reading materials really engaging; I still re-read them now. They made me look at issues differently, and I’m currently applying the information daily in my job.
As an international student, I mostly studied online due to the pandemic, but we covered the topics in as much depth as we would have if they had been in person, so I was pleased about that.
It was a challenging course, and you must be organised, but it was worth it.