Lessons From An MSc Graduate

This is a guest post by Thomas Hadden who has just recently (last Monday to be exact) completed his MSc Health Psychology. Thomas has grown massively since first embarking on his masters. He received a 1st class honours degree in psychology which accompanied by his keen interest in Health Psychology, influenced his decision to pursue his MSc. Thomas outlines the 3 key things that he learnt through completing his MSc in the hopes that undergraduates can follow in his already well established footprints.


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Important things I learnt during my masters.


With more people choosing to undertake an undergraduate degree in psychology, many people are opting to obtain a master’s degree. Therefore, after submitting my final thesis on Monday finishing my MSc in Health Psychology, here are three important things I learnt during my masters;


Alternate career options

It’s always good to have an idea of your end career goals, however an open mind is always beneficial. Like a lot of students, I was unsure of my long-term career plans and felt a lot of confusion about possible career paths. Throughout my masters, I was fortunate enough to meet many professionals, from many different professional backgrounds, including public health specialists, cognitive behavioural therapists and academic researchers. Networking with these professionals both in person and on LinkedIn was able to explore career options, I had previously not been aware about. This masters was crucial for improving my professional development and was able to show me the next steps of my academic path.


Applied Research Skills

Research skills are something that you will continually develop across your educational and professional life, however undertaking a psychology masters can take these skills to a whole new level. I was provided with the opportunity to undertake several research projects, including a systematic review and a quantitative research project. Throughout my degree, I probably read through hundreds of journals exploring new research areas. These research projects swiftly refined my report writing and research methods knowledge, leading to the development of some of my best work which I am currently aiming to publish. As somebody who wishes to enter a research field, these skills and experiences are extremely valuable. Therefore, I would recommend for anyone currently starting a master’s course or wishing to undertake one in the future be open-minded, and don’t be afraid of research methods.


Key Clinical Skills

With more and more people graduating with a degree in psychology, a master’s degree is becoming a desirable way to advance your clinical skills and boost your employability. A MSc is a valuable way to widen your knowledge and learn some new skills. Over the last year, I was provided with the opportunity to learn new skills such as motivational interviewing and leading mindfulness sessions. I also completed training in smoking cessation which I put into practice after offering my services to students at the university. Therefore undertaking a masters was able to enhance my clinical skill set and boost my employability.


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