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A qualified barrister under the National Bar of the Republic of Cyprus, Maria Louca holds an LLB from the University of Keele. She came to Surrey to study for an LLM in International Law and received the Justice Umaru Abdullahi Prize for the best graduating student on the International Law programme. Maria was subsequently awarded an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent and then returned to Surrey to study for a PhD in Law. On completion of her PhD, Maria has taken up a lectureship at Leicester University.
I have always wanted to pursue an academic career, since my time as an undergraduate student back in Brazil. The School of Law at the University of Surrey excels in the field of legal philosophy and the Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy is one of the largest and most active research groups in its field.
My favourite moments were the unplanned ones, the ones where we just stayed in or had dinners, took a break from work, where we discussed our plans for the future and encouraged each other, knowing those were big dreams, but looking forward to turning them into reality.
I have learnt that if you take advantage of everything that is offered to you – and Surrey has a lot to offer – you really can achieve things you never believed you were capable of.
I chose to study at Surrey as it has a beautiful location and campus. From the moment I applied to Surrey I had brilliant correspondence with the academics and all my queries were always dealt with promptly.
Looking back on my interview and application for both OCCA and Oxford University, much of what gave me the edge was all that I did in my Erasmus year.
I was determined to study the LLM programme at the university because it offered a wide variety of modules relating to international commercial law practice. This was pertinent to my decision to do my masters at Surrey.