Jessica Flanagan

Jessica Flanagan

Master in Management, 2020 (Intercalated with Medicine)

Why did you choose to study at Liverpool?

I was already studying medicine in Liverpool at the time of choosing this course. As part of my medicine degree, we have the opportunity to study something else for a year. The reason I chose to stay was because I already loved the city of Liverpool and I knew that the University had an excellent reputation.

Why did you decide to intercalate with a Management School programme?

I wanted to study something completely different to medicine but for it also to be useful for my career as a doctor. The Master in Management seemed like the perfect option – it taught me subjects that I have never covered before but enabled me to steer them to help me understand the workings of the NHS in greater detail.

How was your experience of studying at the Management School?

I had a really positive experience. The course challenged me a lot but I was well supported and received excellent teaching, even amongst the disruption of the pandemic.

What skills and knowledge did you develop during your studies?

The course taught me about several aspects of Management, including finance, data analytics, professionalism, ethics and much more. I was able to successfully develop my academic writing skills and carry out research in my chosen subject of the NHS.

What advice would you give to other medical students who may be considering intercalating?

Everyone says it, but I think it is especially important to stay on top of assignments when doing a Masters as the work can easily build up. Keeping in contact with lecturers is also really helpful and it can enable you to achieve better grades when you have their input. I would also advised to look into the Academic Scholarship – this award helped me financially when paying my tuition fees.

What are your future career goals?

I am starting work as a junior doctor in London in August which I am very excited about. I hope to pursue a career in Acute Medicine, which involves treating patients in the early stages of their presentation to hospital.