Over the past few months I’ve been looking at different universities, creating applications and having interviews for Masters courses. After applying to both The University of Central Lancashire (where I completed my undergraduate degree) and The University of Liverpool (and getting unconditional offers from both!), I have finally accepted one of my offers!
In September 2019, I will start studying for a Master of Science (MSc) in Investigative and Forensic Psychology at the University of Liverpool and I can’t wait! Me and Leona will be moving to Liverpool in July/August once we are back from our interrail trip, ready for us to both start studying in September. Leona is also starting a new course, she’s doing a PGCE with Liverpool Hope University ready to become a primary school teacher the year after. We both did our undergraduate degrees at University of Central Lancashire so to both be doing our postgraduate’s in Liverpool whilst living together will be pretty cool (might even go as far as to say ‘relationship goals’, that’s if I can say it without throwing up in my mouth).
It has taken me so long to make a decision on which offer to accept as I was totally stumped on which course to pick. I had made endless pro’s and con’s lists but, just to make it more difficult, there were always equal amounts of pro’s and con’s for each university.
There are a few reasons why I eventually decided on The University of Liverpool, one of those being that the course has the ‘investigative’ side to it, whereas The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) course was just MSc Forensic Psychology. As you may have read before, I want to be a Forensic Psychologist within the police so the investigative elements will definitely tie in well. The course is the only course of it’s type to be accredited within the Russell Group universities (accreditation is important if you want to become a qualified psychologist) and to top it off, the course is renowned worldwide! I’ve always wanted to live in a big city too and as I’ve already lived in Preston (where UCLan is based) for 3 years, I thought a change would be good.
The main thing that was swaying my decision was the cost. As the course at Liverpool holds such a high reputation it comes with a pretty hefty price tag, making it around £3,000 more expensive than UCLan (as I would get a 20% discount on fees due to being a previous student). Eventually, after weighing up the situation, I decided that the extra cost would be worth it considering the quality of the course, the location and the career prospects that may follow after studying such a reputable course at a Russell Group university.
If you’re ever struggling to make decisions on which university to go to, whether it be for undergraduate or postgraduate, the best thing I can advise is to be patient (if deadlines allow!). I was struggling to decide for weeks on end before I made the decision, it will come to you eventually! Try your best to weigh up the options, pick the course and location that you will enjoy the most and that will have the most beneficial outcome upon completion. If you can afford to, try not to let the cost of the course or university as a whole determine your decision – there are many grants and bursaries available for both undergraduate and postgraduate students and if you’re passionate about your area of expertise, it will always be worth it.
See you on the flip side,
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