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The field of psychology is fascinating because it allows us to explore questions about how we think, feel, and behave. This course helped me understand the fundamentals of mind, body, and behaviour.

More about Shazia


What inspired you to study Psychology?

Since a young age, I have been fascinated by the intricacies of brain functions. I am interested in understanding how brains develop and aid humans in daily functioning, as well as what damage to the brain can do to a person. For this reason, I have chosen to pursue Clinical Neuropsychology in order to help people who suffer from brain catastrophes and contribute to scientific knowledge in this field.

Why did you choose BSc (Hons) Psychology and NTU?

The field of psychology is fascinating because it allows us to explore questions about how we think, feel, and behave. This course helped me understand the fundamentals of mind, body, and behaviour.

Since completing high school, my goal has been to attend an educationally competitive university that can guide me through my desire to unravel the mysteries of science and decode the human brain. NTU is the epitome of such a university, offering opportunities to exceptional students. Their challenging and intellectually productive courses provide an in-depth look at the broad field of science through a focus on hands-on experience. NTU offers the best opportunities for me to develop within the scientific field.

What’s your experience been like of your course so far? 

So far, my academic experience has been compelling. I've interacted with personal tutors who have guided me through difficult times. The lectures have also helped me further understand the breadth and depth of knowledge needed to understand brain physiology and psychology. In particular, I've enjoyed the research methods labs, where we conduct research experiments.

What does Social Sciences mean to you?

My main passion in pursuing a career in social sciences has been to understand the impact of neurodegenerative diseases, which impair a person's cognitive, emotional, and behavioural functioning, and to help those affected. I am dedicated to understanding and transforming the lives of people impacted by such mental impairments in order to gain insights into how the brain works after experiencing such catastrophes and to develop new treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders.


What do you think of the support available from tutors and staff at NTU?

The support provided at NTU has been immense. The staff at NTU are dedicated to seeing their students succeed, and the course is designed to aid students in engaging with the modules. The Psychology community provides students with all sorts of resources to help academically and socially. Student services, including the Student's Union and Student Support Services, have been extremely helpful and supportive. The Employability support services have been particularly helpful in finding part-time jobs catered towards students. Through working with NTU Employability, I have had the opportunity to gain new skills and a better understanding of the world of work.

Outside of the Lecture Theatre

Did you find it easy to make friends and settle in at NTU?

The diverse environment at NTU has helped me find people from my own culture which has made settling in quite easy. By attending NTU societies, I have been able to engage with people outside of lectures. The NTU Global Lounge events have allowed me to befriend and interact with people from around the world. Interacting with people from eclectic backgrounds has broadened my knowledge of various cultures and societies globally.

The Next Steps

What’s next for you after NTU?

After graduating from NTU, I intend to continue pursuing clinical neuropsychology. My plan is to pursue a master's degree in psychology at NTU and work on placements provided by the university. After that, I intend to work as an assistant psychologist to enhance my chances of getting into a DClinPsy program to earn my PhD.

How is NTU helping you to achieve your career goals?

The renowned Department of Social Sciences at NTU has given me a deeper understanding of brain functions through hands-on experience gained from working at the Brain Labs. Additionally, the career advice and seminars have provided insight into what to expect after graduating with a bachelor's degree, preparing me to plan for my master's degree. The Psychology Society has been a valuable networking opportunity and resource for learning about upcoming events.


What top tips would you give anyone thinking about studying your course at NTU?

My advice would be to "just go for it". Many students hesitate to invest in a degree and consider continuing to work instead. However, after coming to NTU, I have realised that obtaining a degree can only serve as a stepping stone to a fruitful future.

The course structure at NTU allows for a great balance between studying and working part-time to gain experience. Studying psychology has been a wonderful experience for me, and the support from tutors motivates me to be more productive and excel in my field. I believe that prospective students will also find it to be a lifelong learning experience.

As an International Student

Why did you want to study in the UK?

My main goal was to find a country where I could gain the best knowledge and experience within my field. The NHS in the UK offers wonderful opportunities for clinical psychologists, and achieving a BPS-accredited degree sets you apart from the crowd. There are numerous placement options that provide students with relevant clinical work experience, allowing you to set a fruitful pathway towards a career in psychology.

What experiences have you had as an international student at NTU?

The experience of studying at NTU as an international student has been very welcoming. My favourite part was Students Week, where NTU students from around the world set up stalls to showcase their cultures. Talking to people about their cultures, trying out delicacies from their homelands, and watching performances prepared by students made for a memorable and enlightening experience. Additionally, attending society events has been exhilarating and provided a much-needed break from academics.

What advice would you give to help new international students get settled in at university?

I suggest stepping out of your comfort zone and experiencing new challenges, as this can aid in personal growth and self-exploration. Don't be afraid to approach people, as they are usually willing to help. If you encounter difficulties, seek support and reach out to Student Mentors if you need assistance or someone to talk to. Lastly, make sure to attend events, as they provide opportunities to meet people with similar interests.

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