More about Kirsty
"It’s a funny story because I had originally applied and been accepted onto a different course at another local university. Just a few weeks before the start date I saw the psychology conversion course on a master’s course website, which I had no idea existed until that point. Reading through, it was the ideal opportunity and something that would mean I could ‘break into’ the psychology field despite having never studied it before. Within a matter of a week or two I had written my personal statement and application and had been accepted onto the course, it was a bit of a whirlwind."
"Also, to sweeten the honey pot, NTU were offering a very generous scholarship compared to other universities, so it seemed like a no-brainer."
"I completed an undergraduate degree and then worked for a few years after, before deciding I wanted to pursue psychology in line with my job and increase my future employment prospects. I have family and friends that have been to NTU, and they all had positive feedback to give. Having been at a local university for my undergraduate degree, I had visited the area multiple times and could envision myself studying here."
"The MSc psychology conversion course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and grants you Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership once you have completed the course, meaning you can go on to further study to reach qualified psychologist status. The major selling point for the course was that it did not require you to have any previous study/qualifications in psychology. From my experience, there are not many courses like this available, so it gives you that unique ability to start afresh in a new field."
"It was extremely important to me. I was conscious of the financial struggle while studying at university, and it enabled me to reduce my working hours to focus on my studies. I work for a service providing mental health support to children and young people. It has been challenging at times juggling both study and work. Thankfully, both the wellbeing service and the course team have been a tremendous help throughout the course."
"It takes careful planning and organisation, making sure to set aside time for yourself. There is also nothing wrong with asking for help, as the university is more than happy to help. If I were to have my time again, I would most definitely not work as many hours to enable me to focus on my studies more and maintain a healthy work/life/uni balance. I cannot credit the university enough for their support."
"My first major achievement was getting a good grade on an exam; the last time I sat an exam was roughly ten years ago during my A levels. I must admit I was terrified at the prospect of sitting a two-and-a-half-hour exam and writing two essays. However, I did it! I was over the moon, and it has most definitely improved my confidence."
"Another achievement was gaining a distinction grade on my social psychology assignment. I found myself becoming so passionate about what I was writing and trying to ‘right all the wrongs’ and offering psychological explanations for everything. It evoked some strong feelings and increased my interest in this area of psychology."
"Without the master’s, I would not have the opportunity to pursue psychology-based roles or further study requiring a psychology background. The master's qualification will open more doors, and I fully intend to utilise my experience. I have already applied for further study on my quest to become a counsellor/psychotherapist."