The course team would like to say a very big welcome to the new students who started on MSc Health Psychology this week, and to thank you for your attention and effort throughout induction day.
We asked you (and the new MSc Forensic Psych students) to draw us a quick sketch of your ideal MSc student. We were delighted with the results. Here is a themed flavour of what you said (as indicated, some things were mentioned repeatedly and there are some humorous suggestions):
Always being professional
Building cv – work experience, voluntary work – in the topic you are studying
Develop further analytical and critical skills
Health psychologist and research oriented
More practical knowledge/information
Sets & achieves goals
Attention to detail
Keeping to deadlines and exams
Manages time well
Plan well in advance of deadlines
Planning ahead to even out workload for each module – don’t leave it last minute
Always on time to lessons and meetings with tutors
Doh – don’t forget to back up your work!
Outlook – regularly checking emails daily
USB – save work
Good communication skills
Books n stuff
Carry books and work
Further reading on topics
Lots and lots and lots of reading
Lives in library!
The library is very well equipped but we wouldn't recommend aiming to live there.
Research & statistics
Attempt to do work if it’s not possible refer to handbook, module guide
Big step up from undergrad
Use own initiative
Just a quick observation on the notion of the independent postgraduate. Being independent doesn't mean you have to work entirely alone. Using your initiative can also include asking for more information or help when you need it. This might be asking each other but it can also mean approaching a member of staff. Being co-operative as a group and looking after yourself are important things to remember too.
Sleeping is not encouraged in class but make sure you get enough at other (appropriate) times.
This last was only mentioned once, but I think it is safe to say that your drawings are evidence of creativity at work.
Looking forward to seeing you in classes next week.