Tulela Pea

Investigative and Forensic Psychology MSc

What course are you studying?

Investigative and Forensic Psychology MSc

Why did you choose postgraduate study at the University of Liverpool?

I was looking for a forensic psychology masters to start the beginning of my forensic career and Liverpool’s masters stood out from all the programmes I was looking at. I was drawn to the rich faculty expertise and vast career pathways within the programme. I was also intrigued by the depth of content and style of teaching that shows real-world application 

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

It would have to be the teaching team. The lecturers are very approachable and open to having discussions outside of class. They are also proactive about exposing us to opportunities to gain experience and deepen our knowledge.  

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

The libraries dedicated quiet and silent spaces, as well as the specific postgraduate study suite, have been a haven to do work in. I like that there are a lot of spaces to do work in and at any hour considering the library is 24/7. I also appreciate the KnowHow support available in the libraries and online which was has a wide range of resources on for the different needs of students, from academic writing at postgraduate level to wellbeing resources.  

What kind of support do you get from tutors?

I have good support from them. It’s great that they have basically set the standard of an open-door policy where you can email them whenever you have an issue, and they are prepared to get back to you as soon as possible. 

What do you enjoy most about the whole experience?

The fact that the course is everything I’ve wanted and more. The content is excellent, there are vast research opportunities, the staff are incredible and supportive and we get to see the real-world impact of what we’re learning in class.  

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

This masters is approved and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as the Stage 1 for becoming a chartered forensic psychologist in the UK. Once I’ve completed my degree, I can go on to look for job opportunities to complete the Stage 2 of chartership and finally qualify. However, the investigative component of the degree opens me to job opportunities in law enforcement to work with crime agencies, police, and emergency services. 

What advice would you give to anybody considering postgraduate study?

Any postgraduate study will be very demanding of your time, effort, and thinking, regardless of the field you choose. Therefore, I would say two things are important to consider before you undertake postgraduate studyA) Consider whether it’s vital to your career progression or personal interests because you may find actual work experience or an apprenticeship you desire that doesn’t require a master’s degree. B) When you are choosing a programme, make sure it is something that you actually enjoy and are passionate about because it’s what makes those long, demanding hours worth every second