Postgraduate

Forensic Psychology MSc

Beki H

Student Profile

About me

Name: Beki
Course: Forensic Psychology MSc
Study mode: Full time
Where I’m from: Britain

Choosing postgraduate study

"For the career that I hope to go into (as a Forensic Psychologist), the first step of chartership is by studying an accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology, and the second step is completing a traineeship.

"I’m not just studying the course for career prospects, but also out of enjoyment. Whilst studying at undergraduate level, Forensic Psychology was by far the area I was most interested in and therefore going on to study it in more depth at postgraduate level is something I really enjoy and find interesting."

Choosing Newcastle

"The Newcastle course is an accredited course which is a huge reason why I chose to study at Newcastle University again.

"I really liked the layout of the course at Newcastle. The modules covered areas I am really interested in and everyone on the course is given a placement, which not many Forensic Psychology courses offer. The fact that the course was accredited and gives me a placement where I’ll be based in a prison means that afterwards I will hopefully be able to secure the job I want.

"Another factor was the alumni discount I received, the 20% discount meant that my course was going to cost a lot less than the course at York (in my home town) which meant it would actually still be cheaper to commute from York to Newcastle and live at home than it would be to study at York University."

Studying at Newcastle

"What I really like about studying at postgraduate level is the cohort size, there’re only 14 of us on my course. When I was studying at undergraduate level I was in a cohort of 75 people, so quite often it felt impersonal. Whereas at postgraduate we know the lecturers really well and I’m good friends with everyone on my course, which means group work is always a lot of fun.

"I would definitely recommend the course, not only is the content really interesting, but the lecturers are so enthusiastic and are experts in their fields. It’s great hearing their real life experiences of working in prisons, NHS facilities, armed forces and police forces, as it helps us to understand how what we’re learning fits in and works in the real world. Plus the guest lecturers that come in are a great way to hear what’s currently happening in these institutions all over the world, and the lectures are a great way to find out what it’s like being a practising Forensic Psychologist.

"The most noticeable difference for me between postgrad and undergrad is the way it is taught. As there are only 14 of us on my course, the lectures are very two-way communication based, involving lots of questions, group discussions and debates and group work, which I really like. It feels a lot less like someone just lecturing to us and is much more a group effort in working and learning."

Postgraduate community

"I’ve become more involved with things as a postgraduate student. I’m part of the staff-student committee and have gotten involved with helping lecturers with their research in my spare time. I think having such a close knit course means that I feel more confident in carrying out these sorts of activities and due to knowing our lecturers well it means there are more opportunities to help with research."

Funding my studies

"As I studied my Psychology BSc at Newcastle University, I received a 20% alumni discount from my course, making it £1,000 cheaper! I took a year out between undergraduate and postgraduate study and worked as a Graduate Ambassador to save up the money for my course and train fees! You’d be amazed by how quickly you can save money if you set up a direct debit from your normal account into a savings account."

Career aspirations

"In the long run, I hope to become a chartered Forensic Psychologist working in a high-security prison. So my first step after graduating would be to become employed as a trainee forensic psychologist at a prison.

"My course has given me a placement for the duration of my degree which will hopefully provide me with the experience and skills required to gain one of these positions. My placement is in Franklin Prison working in the Psychology department and helping them with research and other tasks within the prison. This is an amazing opportunity as it can be really hard to gain clearance to allow someone to work in a prison and so has given me the chance to gain first-hand experience of working as a psychologist in a prison."

Accommodation

"I decided to move back to my home town for my postgraduate study, which is actually York! It seems a lot further away than it actually is, it’s only an hour on the train (which gives me either time to have a quick nap or read over my lecture notes) and because Uni is only a 15 minute walk away from the train station it’s not so bad. I’m in University two days a week, 9-5, so it’s only early mornings twice a week! I decided to live at home to save money on rent and food (and it means I get free heating in winter and moving back in with my parents was nowhere near as painful as I thought it would be!).

"I’m very lucky in the fact that I have a few friends from my undergraduate course who live in Newcastle and are happy for me to stay over if I ever need to, but it’s pretty rare that I’d ever need to."

Living in Newcastle

"I absolutely love the city of Newcastle, it has literally everything going for it! I’m a huge foodie and Newcastle is an amazing place for anyone who likes to try somewhere a little different for food, yes it has all the usual food chains, but it has so much more too, and pretty much every cuisine you could ever think of!

"I love the fact that there are so many things going on in the city, whether it’s live music, the Quayside, Ouseburn and (a personal favourite of mine) the monthly boiler shop steamer. You’re never short of anything going on in Newcastle!"

Remembering Newcastle

"So far the highlight of my time as a postgraduate student has been the group trip to the Westgate Unit at Franklin Prison in Durham. It gave us all a huge insight into what a prison is like, what being a forensic psychologist in prison is like and most importantly gave everyone on our course the chance to ask as many questions to forensic psychologists as we could possibly think of!"