The impetus for me to apply for the part time MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology came from a dawning realisation that I would be unlikely to secure a role in the newly emerging NHS without evidence of Masters level study. I didn't even have a first degree, my job as a senior NHS manager was high demand, and I had other caring responsibilities. Therefore, I knew whatever I did would have to be something I was very interested in to make the sacrifices I was about to make worthwhile.
I chose this course because it had relevance to the real world and I knew I would be able to apply the learning to ensure that the public I serve would benefit from it too. I contacted Dr Iain Coyne who could not have been more encouraging and supportive and so encouraged by my Manager I found myself sitting a few weeks later, in a lecture theatre, surrounded by younger people, wondering what on earth I had done.
The course has changed my practice in terms of how I recruit, manage, communicate with, develop and support my team. I have grown in confidence in challenging individuals and demand much greater rigour from everyone in terms of the way they design, implement and measure outcomes for their projects. My ability to critically review, analyse and summarise reports has grown significantly. On a more personal level, I have met people from all over the world who have become firm friends, people I would never have even met in my normal life.
It has been a life changing course for me and I have felt very privileged to study at this University. Dr Coyne has always been there to offer advice and encouragement and the piece of paper I received, saying I have been awarded a Masters Degree with a Merit award, has made it all worthwhile. I would unhesitatingly recommend this course, even if like me, you are more mature than most of the lecturers and you doubt your ability to do it. It is amazing what you can achieve if you only try.