After a 15-year career break to care for my children I was looking for a course that would directly increase my marketability in the workplace. With a background in health and social care my aim was to return to this sector, but within a research context. The MSc Research Methods in Psychology provided me with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate the core skills required by many of the employers involved in applied research. Modules on both qualitative and quantitative approaches gave me the opportunity to develop an overview of the research process as well as practical experience of putting together research proposals, interviewing and writing up a piece of work. I particularly enjoyed the emphasis on the practical application of key skills and knowing I had up-to date and relevant experience gave me, in turn, the confidence to apply for jobs in this area. I am now working as a research assistant in a university department that specialises in applied health research and am looking forward to developing my career in this context.
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Hayley has now graduated from our Sports Science course and is working as an apprentice coach. She said: I have been appointed as UKA's (United Kingdom Athletics) Apprentice Coach - Paralympic, Sprints and Wheelchair Racing and helped our top athletes to prepare for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. I am based at UKA's National Performance Centre at Lee Valley, Edmonton, North London.
I'm over the moon to have been offered this amazing opportunity; not only did I get to learn from Peter Eriksson as my master coach, I also had the opportunity to work with some great coaches including Jenny Archer. The role enabled me to further enhance my skills, and coupled with my passion and enthusiasm for coaching also enabled me to continue along the pathway towards becoming a world-class coach.
I chose sport science because I have always had a love of sport and how the body works. I developed a particular interest in biomechanics and exercise physiology and focused on these areas throughout the three years of my course. It was great that you can tailor what you study to the subjects that interest you.
We were regularly in the labs using force plates and video analysis, and getting to use all the analysis programmes. There are also many opportunities to undertake internships, I was able to work with elite archery players, and for one of my third year modules I tested one of the top junior triathletes in the country, an experience which helped me decide the career path I wanted to take after finishing my degree.
The lecturers were always available and willing to sit and listen to your worries and help solve any problems - it was great to know you had that support there when you needed it.
Since finishing my degree I have been regularly in contact with my lecturers who have help guide and advise me whilst looking for jobs. I have now found a job as a research technician and still speak regularly to my lecturers who still answer my queries even though I finished studying over a year ago!