Céline Chalupa

Research Methods in Psychology MSc


Why did you choose a master’s at the University of Liverpool?

I had a great experience during my undergraduate degree at Liverpool having made valuable connections in the Department. However, the most important factor for me was the quality of the programme as it is thorough and equips students with the tools to become successful researchers. 


What’s the best thing about studying in your department?

The department is always looking to improve itself and involve students more. Recently they have started to organise “Battle of the Lecturer” debates on current topics. These involve students, lecturers, and other staff and encourage discussion across the whole department. In general the lecturers are really approachable, supportive, and eager to help with any issues. 


How do the facilities in the University help you with your studies?

The laboratories in the basement allow for hands-on research and enable postgrads to create sophisticated experiments in the main areas of research in the School. It helps to be taken seriously by employers or when applying to pursue further study. The practical experience also makes things easier to remember for the exams. Furthermore Liverpool has labs accommodating various research groups, so we were able to get insight into how research is conducted across a wide range of different topic areas. 


What kind of support do you get from tutors?

I have had support with my assignments, with choosing where to apply for further study and references. It has really helped me stay on track with my work despite and when there has been an issue my tutor could not help me with directly they have always gone out of their way to refer me to someone who could.  


What do you enjoy most about the whole experience?

My course is very small, so I enjoy the interaction between lecturers and students. It allows for stimulating classroom discussions and developing deeper understanding of the topics on hand. It has also allowed our course to become a tight-knit group who work and socialise together. 


How do you believe undertaking postgraduate study will help your career prospects?

My course specifically prepares me for social sciences research and will be invaluable for me to find a position in the future.  


What advice would you give to anybody considering postgraduate study?

Carefully consider what goal you aim to achieve, and choose your course to take you to this goal. Things that may help are departments that specialise in certain research areas, certain facilities that are available or the class size and support in a department. 


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