The personal and academic experiences of some of our postgraduate students, past and present:

Andreea-Ioana Dragusin - MRes Psychology

What do you enjoy most about your experience at the University of Aberdeen? 

The most incredible experience at the University of Aberdeen is meeting people from all over the world. I am most grateful for the fact that I have gained so much knowledge and appreciation for a multitude of nationalties and cultures.

What is it like living in Aberdeen? What do you enjoy most about the City?

I have been living in Aberdeen for more than 4 years now and I still discover new places around Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. The city is quite compact and it has a lot to offer. 

How do you think your Mres will help you in your career? 

I believe the masters programme is designed in a way that it develops a wode range of skills that will all contribute to our future career. The most important part of the master is the research compnent which provides you with the opportunity to take full leadership on a project and to know how to manage your time and tasks, while building resilience all throughout the process. 

What advice would you give to others considering doing an MRes at the University of Aberdeen?

Take advantage of the seminars, workshops, tutorials offered by the department as well as the wider university. Some will come in handy and you will also get to meet new people interested in research as well. You should also find some activities to balance your studies, be it a sport or one of the many student societies (over 140!). 

Pauliina Vuorinen - MRes Psychology

Why did you choose to study at the University of Aberdeen?

I chose to study at the University of Aberdeen because of the breadth of experience in the School of Psychology.

What do you enjoy most about your experience at the University of Aberdeen?

I have enjoyed the atmosphere in the University of Aberdeen the most. The School of Psychology is accepting and encouraging of new postgraduates and the staff is genuinely interested in students' opinios and ideas. Also, the atmosphere in the University in general is upbeat and welcoming.

How do you think your MRes will help you in your career?

I aspire to be a professional researcher and MRes can provide me with the necessary skills to commence doctoral study. The courses are very relelvant for what I want to do in the future ranging from professional research skills such as giving a giving a talk in a confernce and grant writing to advance ed statistical methods and usage of statisical programming tools such as R and Matlab. The degree has also given me practice in giving presentations for a professional audiance and I have had the possibilities to attend events and exchnge ideas with researchers. While Ihave increased mt technical skills, MRes has also enchanced my confidence in conducting research and networking.  

What advice would you give to others considering doing an MRes at the University of Aberdeen? 

I can receommend MRes for anyone considering a career in research, and I would advise them to try finding an area of research that they feel passionate about. 

Breige Yorston - MSc Foundation of Clinical Psychology

Why did you choose to study at the Unviersity of Aberdeen? 

I had completed my Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen and had enjoyed my time there. Through my undergraduate thesis I had developed positive working relationships with members of staff and was eager to continue these relationships. 

What was it like living in Aberdeen? What did you enjoy most about living in the City? 

Having always lived in Aberdeen the city feels very familair to me, however my favourite aspect of Aberdeen is how you can go from being in the countryside, to the city centre, to the coast all within a day. this makes it easier to explore what Aberdeen City and Shire have to offer. 

How did your MSc help in your career? 

It gave me a far better understanding of clinical psychology as a profession and the varied role required of clinical psychologists. 

What have you been doing since you left the Unviersity?

Since leaving the University of Aberdeen I have started a second Honorary Assistant Psychologist contract within the NHS, meaning I now work with both the Adult Mental Health Primary Care Team and with the Forensic Department at Royal Cornhill Hospital. 

What advice would you give to others considering doing an MSc at the Unviersity of Aberdeen?

While at times the course can be very challenging and requires a lot of hard work, the knowledge and experience gained is most definitely worth it. 

Caile Gordon - MSc Foundation of Clinical Psychology

Why did you choose to study at the University of Aberdeen? 

I chose to study because it is the third major city of Scotland that has a prestigious reputation regarding research in psychology. The University of Aberdeen also offered BPS accredited courses which was a necessity for me to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. 

What did you enjoy most about your experience at the Unviersity of Aberdeen?

I enjoyed the social aspect of the University including various societies and clubs such as the whisky society and caly pigeon shooting club. 

The MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology was a great experience at the Univcersity as the course covered many topics that I was interested in and allowed me to meet people that have similar interestes in the career path I have chosen. 

What was it like living in Aberdeen? What did you enjoy about living in the City?

The biggest charm of Aberdeen to me is the fact that in a mere 30 minute drive you can go from a large city environment to beautiful countryside to escape and admire nature. The night life is incredibly varied which allows everyone to find hte crowd they enjoy being with. 

How did your MSc help in your career?

This MSc was a great opportunity to learn about different services in the NHS as well as understand different groups of people that Clinical psychologists can work with.

Role plays and workshops have helped me shape and polish discussion points and answers to interview questions for posts that I have been offered after graduation.  

What have you been doing since you left the University? 

Since I left the University, I have been working part-time as a support worker for a local charity called VSA and as an Honorary Assistant Psychologist in Adult Mental Health at Cornhill Hospital. 

Matthew Johnson - MSc Psychological Studies

Why did you choose to study at the University of Aberdeen?

First and foremost, I had heard that the psychology depatment had a good reputation. I did some research of my own online and looked at the lecturers' profiles on the University of Aberdeen School of Psychology profile page.

I also looked at the course content and what would be taught and how it would be structured. I thought that each module sounded interesting and after a visit to the campus and a meeting with Dr David Sutherland (programme coordinator), I concluded that this was the course for me. 

What do you enjoy most about your experience at the Unviersity of Aberdeen?

For myself the course has been the most enjoyable element of my experience here at Aberdeen. 

The lecturers and tutors are very approacable/accessible and enthusiastic too, which has made it so easy for me to enjoy myself studying. Outside of the course, the library facilities have been a joy to use. 

What is it like living in Aberdeen? What do you enjoy about living in the City?

The beach is a lovely commodity and is super close to the city centre. Personally though, the countryside is more my thing. Seaton Park is just off campus and is a lovely walk on a sunny day!

What advice would you give to others considering doing an MSc at the University of Aberdeen?

My advice to any that wish to study here is simply 'make the most of it', take the opportunities that are given to you and be prepared to work hard. if you do this, you will not be disappointed. 

Jonathan Spry - MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology

Why did you choose to study at the University of Aberdeen?

I previously completed my Undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Aberdeen, and I was thoroughly impressed by the consistently high standard of teaching that was delivered.

What do you enjoy most about your experience at the University of Aberdeen?

Beyond the experience of studying, I've immensely enjoyed taking part in social activities organised by various societies at the University of Aberdeen, and also cultivating friendships with other students on the MSc course. 

What is it like living in Aberdeen? What do you enjoy most about the City?

I've always considered Aberdeen to be a diverse, vibrant and convivial city, and the people are always gracious and welcoming. 

How do you think your MSc will help you in your career?

By studying and completing the MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology course, I acquired a varierty of core clinical skills through a range of assignments, presentations, workshops, seminars experimental exercises, guided role-plays and reflective tasks. Through interactive learning and studying clinical case studies, I developed a strong understanding of the application of psychological assessment, formulation and treatment across a range of clinical presentations.