What Were You Doing Before Your Course?
Working as a Public Health Improvement Facilitator with a local PCT.
I have two BSc (Hons) degrees, in Applied Psychology and Biology.
I chose Newcastle due to its reputation as a top UK University and also its location as I live in the North East.
Studying at Newcastle
I started the PG Cert in Public Health in September 2010 as I wanted to gain a technical qualification in this field, particularly in the area of epidemiology. I took three double modules: Fundamentals of Health Research, Health Statistics and Applied Epidemiology which I enjoyed very much. I have just received funding to undertake a 1+3 PhD studentship which means that next year I will complete my MSc and then progress to study for a PhD.
The teaching is excellent. I have found my first year very enjoyable and have received a lot of support and encouragement from the staff without which I would not have been able to secure my PhD studentship.
Best thing about Newcastle
It has been a great privilege to be a student at Newcastle University and this has given me a lot of confidence and direction with regards to my future career. Newcastle is a wonderful city and I look forward to spending more time here next year when I will be studying full time.
My PG Cert was self funded, but whilst studying for this, I was awarded a studentship which means that my future studies will be funded by the awarding body.
Once I have completed my PhD I would like to do academic research in epidemiology and I would also like to lecture.
I would recommend postgraduate study as a way of improving your employment prospects in an increasingly competitive job market. I would particularly recommend studying alongside gaining work experience as this enables you to gain practical skills alongside your qualifications. Postgraduate study can also connect you to relevant people in your area of study, which can prove invaluable for your career.