More about Jessica
What degree did you take at undergraduate level and where did you study?
Psychology with criminology BSc at NTU.
Did you take a break in between your undergraduate degree and the postgraduate degree? If so, what did you do in this study break?
No, I went straight from undergraduate to masters. It was during covid and the uncertainty of the future made me want to apply for a masters degree to specialise in the area.
Why did you want to undertake a postgraduate degree, and do you think it has benefitted your career aspirations?
I wanted to specialise in the area of forensics and alongside my volunteering this course was a perfect match. The MSc has benefitted me greatly as I have successfully landed a job in the field.
Why did you choose NTU and your course?
I was already at NTU and wanted to continue my study here. NTU provides amazing links with the community where I have been able to apply my knowledge and learning to various volunterring roles, facilitated by NTU. NTU fosters an environment for adaptability and improvement, wholly representative of my values.
The course included modules that were of high interest to me and I wanted to explore these further to deepen my understanding and improve my academic development.
Could you describe your experience of being a Postgraduate NTU student?
I’ve loved it! It’s very hard work and very independent but it’s really rewarding when you receive feedback from work and achieve better grades than you did in undergraduate. It’s definitely worth it. The community on our course is fantastic, the tutors and staff are always there to support you, as are your fellow students.
How would you describe the support from your tutors, university staff and student services?
Really good! The tutors and staff are so helpful and always willing to help you whenever you need it, even when they’re not directly involved with a module.
Outside of the Lecture Theatre...
What three words would you use to describe Nottingham?
Vibrant, modern, exciting.
Where is a good place to eat, drink or visit in the city?
Bunk – they do really nice cocktails and food with happy hour everyday!
Visiting the caves also provides a unique experience especially if you’re from a town or big city.
Did you find it easy to make friends and settle in at NTU?
Yes, it was slightly easier for me as I was here for my undergraduate and my friend is on the course with me now. But a lot of my friends graduated so I had to make new friends too. The other students are really friendly and all in the same boat! - joining clubs and societies are a great way to make friends.
The Next Steps...
Has the employability team helped you plan for life beyond NTU as a postgraduate student?
Yes, throughout our course we have had a few employability sessions, helping us build our career portfolio, interview skills and job applications. The employability website is also really useful including a range of new jobs and volunteering opportunities.
What would you say to someone who is thinking of applying to a postgraduate course at NTU?
Definitely go for it if you are thinking of applying. Especially if you are wanting to specialise in an area. Look around at the jobs within the field and look out for specific qualifications that may be required to get closer to your career aspirations.