I studied within the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences as part of my MSc Neuroscience course. The Centre is a fantastic place to study; every member of staff is approachable and friendly, as well as knowledgeable and enthusiastic about sharing their research and expertise. The content of the imaging module I studied as part of my course was well structured and skillfully delivered and I felt well prepared for the practicalities of undertaking a neuroimaging project. The course leaders, department heads and lecturers helped us to tailor the course to our own interests and future plans and provided projects with opportunities to develop practical, employable skills in our own area of interest.
I am a physiotherapist so my background is far from typical for this type of course but the Institute of Psychiatry has an excellent reputation for supporting people with diverse backgrounds and I have never felt at all disadvantaged – the Centre even found me a project working in the pain imaging team, a research area close to my heart!
Despite my lack of previous academic experience I've been treated like a valuable member of the team and encouraged to submit work to conferences, work towards publication of my project and consider a future career in research – opportunities that I would never have had before.
My supervisors are incredibly supportive; weekly meetings give me the opportunity to discuss my progress, but perhaps more importantly, talk through the work I have been struggling with. They also support and encourage my participation in the wider academic community, with the department providing the support I needed to present my work at several national and international conferences.
Alongside my formal supervision I have benefited greatly from the advice of other PhD students, post docs and more senior academics from across the department who are always happy to help.