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Student Profiles: MSc Work and Organisational Psychology

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Venkat Shruti Vaddy
Year: 2015/2016

"The MSc in Work and Organizational Psychology at The University of Nottingham offered me the perfect blend of research and academic modules, with relevance to contemporary workplace scenarios. The varied teaching methods used caught my attention, as did the picturesque campuses. Also, the University’s global standing and Nottingham’s Purple Flag accreditation were a major add on. Studies aside, Nottingham is well-connected to other cities in UK and provides diversity in terms of culture – my greatest takeaway as an international student."

Shruti studied with us on a Developing Solutions/Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust scholarship. Read more of her experiences at Nottingham:

 

Alana-Marie Gopaul 
Alana-Marie Gopaul
Year of graduation: 2012

"The decision to apply to the MSc program in Work and Organisational Psychology at the University of Nottingham was an easy one. Reading online that the university is ranked as one of the World’s Top 75 universities, and that it boasts the Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, specifically devoted to the academic study and applied practice of Work Psychology, sealed the deal that the university would be my top choice to help develop my career in Occupational Psychology.  

However, my experience as a post-grad student at Nottingham far surpassed my expectations. The MSc program consists of well-organised and well-paced modules taught by knowledgeable academics and practitioners who are recognised in the field for their current research and contributions to applied psychology. Interacting with faculty members, academic staff, guest lecturers and practitioners who are all passionate about research and applying the best practices towards fostering and maintaining a healthy and motivated workforce made me excited to make my own distinct contribution to research.

But aside from this great balance between high-quality teaching and research, and the top-notch facilities at the Institute, the most enriching feature of my experience proved to be the international characteristics of the University that are evident in every aspect of university life. The opportunities to meet people and learn about new cultures, whether in the classroom, the Student Union clubs, or the social clubs that come alive every weekend, gave me a greater appreciation for the wide world we live in and how diverse we are, and in my year there I gained friends from almost every corner of the world. Notts Uni (as it is fondly known), its beautiful campus, and the surrounding student-populated town, gave me not only an internationally-recognised qualification in Work and Organisational Psychology, but also great friends, networks and experiences that will no doubt influence more than just my career."

 

Pascale Daher 
Pascale Daher
Year of graduation: 2012

"Choosing to do my MSc at Nottingham was not a difficult one for two primary reasons: First, the university enjoys an excellent worldwide standing which renders it competitive in terms of teaching and research. And secondly, it was Psychiatry and Applied Psychology that particularly attracted me to the University of Nottingham. Having a research institute dedicated to the study of organisational psychology with renowned faculty members prominent in research, was very compelling. I was positive that if I got onto the program, I would receive the foundation for my future career plan, be it further education or organisational work.

Throughout the year, numerous contemporary topics in the organisational psychology framework were presented and discussed which made the course enjoyable on many levels. For instance, interacting with subject matter experts made the course very intriguing and provoked in-depth thinking. It was also very beneficial to receive constant feedback from professors which further strengthened the learning process. Moreover, it was very pleasing to gain a cross-cultural approach on organisational topics where we engaged with people from all over the world and at many times, inputs were shared which unveiled alternative practices in different contexts.

The course encourages you to think deeply about organisational topics and gives you the leverage to develop research skills and critical and analytical skills. This skill toolkit is fundamental to make sound judgments regarding research and best practices. All in all, I gained a solid academic foundation and a professional basis to pursue organizational work.

What maximized my graduate experience, and made it even more amazing, is living in Nottingham. Nottingham is a great student city and offers a lot for students to do. It also has a nice cultural scene. It is a cosy place where students live in close proximity to each other. This avails the opportunity to get to meet so many students and makes it very easy to make friends. Personally, I developed very close friendships with people from all over the world! I would say that Nottingham is a truly balanced place for a student."

 

 

Trudi Cameron 
Trudi Cameron
Year of graduation: 2012

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.

 

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