I visited the University a couple of times prior to applying and always had such positive experiences, so I knew it was the right choice for me. I have a physical disability, so it was essential for me to find a university that has an accessible campus and is simple to navigate. It was a Forensic Psychology module while at sixth form that initially sparked my interest and inspired me to explore further study in this area. The best thing for me has been putting the theory into practice. After examining a topic and its historical context, it’s great to gain understanding of the real-life application. We are so privileged to have a diverse range of teaching staff, each bringing their professional experiences and applications - it's like having an insider!
You have more freedom at postgraduate level. You are expected to be self-sufficient and plan ahead, to ensure that deadlines are met. When gathering research for my dissertation I have found that I am more confident and focused on what I need to find, which is a result of having a greater level of knowledge in the subject. I've loved postgraduate study, but it always comes with a challenge and life still goes on around you. I have had multiple operations during my studies, and it has been hard to take time off alongside research. Having a physical disability, maintaining good health, studying full-time, as well as dealing with the daily grind can be tough sometimes, but I love my degree and wouldn't have done anything differently.
My advice to anyone considering postgraduate study would be to make sure you attend open events and taster sessions, as it's a great opportunity to meet the teaching staff and get an idea of what to expect. Most importantly pick a subject you love, not one you think you'll grow to love.