"I graduated in 2009 and am now working as an assistant psychologist in a residential unit in Liverpool for adults with acquired brain injuries, run by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust. I work with service users to write behavioural guidelines, six-monthly reviews, and meet with them weekly to discuss their mood, behaviour and goals. I’m currently learning how to conduct neuropsychological testing, something I learnt about from a research perspective in my masters.
I completed a number of neuropsychology modules as part of my degree and became very interested in brain injuries and their impact on cognitive functioning and everyday life. I had decided to apply for a masters as I know that they can be valuable when applying for the clinical psychology doctorate. The MSc in Rehabilitation Psychology offered by Nottingham University sounded perfect in terms of meeting my interests, it was an area I would like to specialise in later following the clinical psychology doctorate, and I thought it would be helpful in improving my CV and giving me an edge over other competitors for jobs.
The course provided a strong basis in brain injury and the many impairments that can present, how these can be rehabilitated, and the importance of solid research methods. It made me read journal articles in a more critical way, it provided an opportunity to conduct meaningful research with clinical populations, and I met people with similar interests at heart.
Having a masters was a significant contributing factor to me getting a job as an assistant psychologist in a brain injury unit. It gave me confidence in the interview from my solid knowledge base and provided me with critical analysis skills, as well as showing that I had a level of specialism above others without a masters.
Another reason for applying for this masters was that I love living in Nottingham. I completed my degree at Nottingham University too and it is a fantastic city to live in. It has a great night life and music scene, good shopping and restaurants, and a great student-feel. The lecturers are friendly and approachable and the small size of the Rehab Psychology course creates a friendly atmosphere and an easy environment in which to make friends."