"On my placement, I’ve been writing a book chapter about the applications of teleneuropsychology (the use of audiovisual technologies to remotely perform neuropsychological assessments) for the Children's Trust."
CourseDevelopmental Psychology in Research and Practice MSc
Why I chose Surrey
During my undergraduate psychology degree, I discovered a passion for developmental psychology. The subject area is fascinating as it covers populations of all ages, opening doors to a variety of careers.
I chose the MSc Developmental Psychology with Research and Practice course at Surrey because the module content looked interesting and these aligned with my interests. The course is different to others as it offers an integrated placement, which is a great way for me to gain more experience and make industry connections.
On top of this, I wanted to go to a campus-based university, where I could both live and study.
My course is incredibly varied, with modules looking at different areas of psychology practice and research. With my placement, I can apply my learning in a practical setting, gaining real-world experience.
The lecturers on my course are kind and helpful; they’re always very enthusiastic and happy to answer questions. My personal tutor, Dr Katie Gilligan, is incredibly supportive, and responsive to emails.
Throughout the course, I’ve taken advantage of the facilities and equipment, using seminar rooms and the Computer Laboratory.
"The course is different to others as it offers an integrated placement, which is a great way for me to gain more experience and make industry connections."
On my placement, I’ve been working for the Children’s Trust, a charity who provide specialist rehabilitation, education and community support to children and young people with brain injury and neurodisability. One of my main tasks is to collect and analyse questionnaire data, which has helped improve my statistics skills.
I’m also helping the Trust write a book chapter about the applications of teleneuropsychology (the use of audiovisual technologies to remotely perform neuropsychological assessments).
My life at Surrey
I’m currently living on Stag Hill campus in university accommodation and I absolutely love it! I’ve had so much fun with my housemates and the Student’s Union is right on my doorstep – perfect for night’s out in Rubix.
The 24-hour Library is great, and I’ve made lots of friends through both my course and living on campus. It’s so convenient being near Guildford town centre, with easy access to central London by train.
My career and development
Through my masters, I’ve decided that I want to continue researching and now know what areas of psychology I want to specialise in further. I’ve recently been accepted onto the PhD Psychology course and can’t wait to start. I know I wouldn’t be in this position if it weren’t for my studies and the incredible people I’ve met along the way!
Have faith in yourself, believe in your abilities and don’t be afraid to explore different areas of psychology. Most importantly, have fun along the way!
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