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Kay Bridger


United Kingdom
I really enjoy the research and the diversity of the subject, so I think I’m going to try for a PhD.

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"I wanted to study psychology when I went to Uni at 18, but I didn’t think my maths was up to it. I’ve spent my working life wanting to study the subject, and the work I was doing with young people in care was exposing me to fascinating research on neuroscience and attachment and finally, I just couldn’t wait any longer!"

"I’m 44 and have worked full time ever since I graduated from my BA in 1995. I’ve kept studying and learning, but I really wanted more. I considered doing this course part time for a few years, but couldn’t see how to pay for it. The government loan becoming available meant I could take the risk and do it full time. After such a long delay getting to study psychology, I realise that my life and work experiences have made it the best time for me, in the end. I have so much more perspective on the material now than I would have had at 18."

"I’d worked with people from NTU (outreach), and liked their progressive attitude. A colleague did my course part time before me, and she spoke very highly of the staff and teaching. Initially, I was looking at this course because I could do it part time, around work, but that isn’t the route I took in the end. NTU is fairly local to me, but mostly I liked the University’s diversity, the size of the psychology department and that there was a trauma specialism in the department. The trauma specialism in the school was the main attraction for me, as this is my area of interest."

"I’m only here now because of the new postgraduate student loan, but the scholarship was a big cherry on top that came after I’d made the decision. I thought it was worth applying, just in case, and getting the full amount (basically 50% support) made me feel like I was doing the right thing: that NTU believed in me, so it was worth the risk of resigning from my job."

"My greatest achievement, and also the thing that put me off studying psychology when I chose my first degree, is statistics. I am maths phobic, and the first weeks of stats were like learning another language: exhausting! But I had good teachers, and I am flabbergasted to have got a high commendation overall in my stats. Even more amazing is that I actually relish the challenge and surviving this module has opened up the possibility of becoming a researcher."

"I gave up a well paid job to do this masters course, and the scholarship has cushioned that blow! Between the scholarship and my partner’s support I am able to use all my time to study and have not had to do any part time work, which is fantastic, because changing from humanities to science is such an enormous learning curve, I have needed to focus on the study."

"I was using this as a route to become a clinical psychologist, because the course gives you the required accreditation, but doing the course is making me realise that I’d like to stay in academia. I really enjoy the research and the diversity of the subject, so I think I’m going to try for a PhD. I would really like to get a research assistant post ideally in my department, and work towards a PhD, but I need to focus on completing the course first."

"I wish I had done this sooner. Despite the immense stress levels, I love the depth of the study and the scope of the subject."

"If you are thinking of doing the Psychology conversion MSc, believe them when they tell you that it is hard work. You’re basically covering the ground of undergraduate psychology in 20 weeks of teaching which sounds like madness. It is somehow possible, but you have to be ready to drop everything else in your life before you start. I have friends on this course who are working part time and I have no idea how they are doing it."

"I also had the challenge of converting my academic style from humanities (I have a BA in communication studies) to science. This was harder than I expected, because it is a completely different style of presentation."

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