More about Adam
“I chose to study the MRes Psychological Research Methods because I thought it would be a great opportunity to continue my studies at NTU. I thoroughly enjoyed my years as an undergraduate, where I was active in NTU Sport, playing for the Badminton team and being the social badminton Higher Education Officer. I have also aided in a range of extracurricular research over the summer, with researchers, as part of the SPUR Project. The project was successful and is now in the process of publication. The taste of completing successful research made me want to continue my education at NTU and I thought that the Master Scholarship was an excellent opportunity for gaining recognition of what I have achieved as an undergraduate, whilst helping me financially through my Masters degree.
“The key feature that attracted me to this course was the idea that I would be broadening my specialist knowledge of different methods within Psychology, while developing the skills for further employability.
“The Postgraduate Masters Scholarship was extremely important for me as it provides recognition for my actions within NTU, as well as providing the essential financial support I needed for this course. I found the application process easy in the sense that the application had clear headings in which you could discuss your life experience, and how it could benefit you for a Masters degree. The scholarship took away the financial stress of studying for my Masters. Although I am employed, the scholarship allowed me to take my time looking for a job that suited me and allowed me to search for a role that would help me in my career.
“I currently work for the Law Department in NTU as a Research Assistant looking at initiatives to help reduce misogyny in Nottingham. My employer had allowed me to work flexible hours, especially during the second term, as my research project is the heaviest weighted module for my degree. The job requires me to administer an online survey and collect and analyse the data. This type of work is manageable because I am comfortable with the software and the analysis that is being used. I can juggle study and employment as I dedicate days for both my job and my study.
“As my course is based on research methods, any skills I develop can be used within my employment. For example, I have learnt a range of different statistical methods as well as advanced psychometrics, which directly affects how I administer and analyse the data for my job as a Research Assistant.
“My career plan has always been to study for a PhD and potentially work as a university lecturer. These plans have not changed other than the fact that I am more driven to achieve this goal as by earning the Scholarship it demonstrates that NTU believes in me as a student. My initial plan is to take a year off from studying and develop more experience in research by working full-time as a Research Assistant, particularly in the Psychology Department at NTU. After that, I would like to apply for a PhD and work as a researcher and lecturer.
“I would advise every student no matter what degree, to try and do some extracurricular activities that use your degree in some way. By demonstrating that you are forward thinking and that you are considering your future employability, it will show the university that you are a student that is worth backing in the future. Ask lecturers about the project they are working on – if you are interested, then volunteer your time and gain experience. Get to know the people who are teaching you as well as making friends.”