What course are you currently studying?
I am currently studying the MSc Occupational and Organisational Psychology at the University of Liverpool Management School.
Why did you choose to study a master’s at the University of Liverpool Management School?
Aside from being one of the most elite management schools in the world, the fact that my course is designed and delivered by such an academically impressive and diverse body of staff was of great importance to me and spoke volumes of the values of the University of Liverpool.
What’s the best thing about studying your programme?
I love that my programme covers such a breadth of content within the modules and that the methods of assessment give so much opportunity to explore our own areas of personal interest.
How do the facilities in the University and the Management School help you with your studies?
The Management School itself has plenty of breakout space to catch up on work alone or with coursemates outside of the classroom, and the Starbucks downstairs gives a great excuse to take a break and refuel ahead of long study periods! It’s also located right next to the Sydney Jones Library, which is perfect for more focused study sessions.
What kind of support do you get from academic staff and tutors?
All ULMS staff that I’ve been in contact with have been hugely supportive during my time on the course so far. All have been responsive to questions and emails, and are always helpful when asking for further clarity on topics covered in class or assignment briefs. We also have regular check-ins with our academic tutors, which is great for asking the bigger questions about the course or discussing what the next step after the MSc might look like.
Have you accessed any of the support services available to you, such as the School’s postgraduate careers team? If so, how did you find the service?
There is so much support available at the Management School outside of the individual courses and, while I haven’t yet reached out to the postgraduate careers team directly, plenty of resources and great events have been shared with me to encourage me to think about life beyond ULMS.
What do you enjoy most about the whole experience (thinking about any trips, social and extracurricular activities or guest speakers) and what value has that added?
What I most enjoy about my course is that we are given lots of opportunities to make connections with real-world, practicing psychologists. Within the first three months of our course we had three different guest speakers who spoke to us about what they do and opportunities in their fields, which has been hugely valuable as it’s such a great way to get exposure to different career paths and to network outside of ULMS.
How do you believe undertaking master’s study will help your career prospects?
I’m really enjoying learning more about the research and psychology behind what goes on every day in real-life workplaces, and studying the MSc has opened up my options to pursuing a more research-intensive career path moving forward. I’m also making great connections with students, staff and guest speakers through studying my course, and I believe that expanding my network in this way might help to lead me to the perfect next step in my career.
What advice would you give to anybody considering master’s study?
I would absolutely recommend studying a master's if you have an interest in a particular field but want to know more about it before making a substantial career decision. If you aren’t 100% sure on your next step work-wise, master’s study gives a great opportunity to explore your interests in more depth and connect with people in the field, so that you can learn more and open up even more opportunities to pursue in your future career. It’s hard work, but worth it!
Occupational and Organisational Psychology
Designed and delivered by leading academics and experts in their field, the MSc Occupational and Organisational Psychology programme is a British Psychological Society (BPS) Accredited Programme focused on developing the future generation of practitioners in occupational psychology who can make a positive difference to the effectiveness and well-being of people and organisations.
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