GCD Psychology (2009-2011)
MSc Psychological Research Methods (2011-2013)
After completing the Graduate Conversion Diploma (GCD) in Psychology at Winchester, I continued my studies here by enrolling on the MSc programme in Psychological Research Methods.
During the summer period in between, I worked at the University on Winchester's Research Apprenticeship Programme (WRAP) which encourages active student engagement with academic research.
Alongside studying for my MSc, I have undertaken a number of paid research assistance posts within the department. My duties have included running an experiment on the eye-tracker and transcribing focus groups. In addition, I have become involved with the Centre for Gender Studies at the University, helping to set up a mini-conference for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) History Month as well as an international conference on Gender and Visual Representation. Recently I have also presented two papers at the British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section’s Annual Conference at St Andrew’s University in Scotland.
The tuition, seminars, and assignments I received during the GCD at Winchester enabled me to profoundly improve upon my critical thinking skills by introducing me to new perspectives and providing me with the opportunity to put them into practice.
I particularly enjoyed participating in the social psychology research group at the University. Through this I had the opportunity to hear about and discuss research that is currently being undertaken in this area within Psychology from Winchester, as well as hearing from visiting speakers from other universities in the UK and abroad.
My advice to other students would be talk to people, use the career service and be prepared to do extra-curricular activities to bolster your CV. Nowadays it’s not a case of giving you an edge; it’s a case of giving you a chance.
I would recommend volunteering to be a student representative and getting your face known around the department which could lead to further opportunities. I did this and enjoyed getting actively involved in ensuring the GCD programme met expectations. Finally apply for the WRAP scheme - it’s a fantastic chance to work on live research within the department and, in so doing, develop skills and boost your CV.