After completing a BSc in Immunology & Pharmacology at Strathclyde, Lucy decided to continue her journey with us by studying the MSc Neuroscience and Mental Health. Here she tells us about her experience as a postgraduate student.
What motivated you to study the MSc Neuroscience and Mental Health?
For my project in my final year of my undergraduate degree I undertook a literature review on the role of GABAA receptors in post-partum depression, largely based on FDA approval of brexanolone. During this project I became very interested in the subjects and was encouraged to apply for the new MSc Neuroscience and Mental Health course by my supervisor Dr Christian Wozny.
How did you make the decision to study at Strathclyde?
My undergraduate degree was also at Strathclyde, and I loved the atmosphere, inclusivity, and general buzz here. It offers everything extensive academic resources, clubs, sports clubs, and is located in Glasgow’s city centre.
What do you like about your course and Strathclyde?
This course exceeded my expectation with everything. It had engaging lectures from lecturers who are leaders in their field, interactive workshops which develop essential skills such as problem-solving, presentation skills, and scientific literature interpretation. The summer project provided interesting, hands-on experience on a chosen subject, and supervisors who are genuinely interested in their subject and were happy to help with anything you needed throughout the project.
Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the university and the course lecturers worked hard to make online lectures, workshops and tutorials run as smoothly as possible. They allowed, and encouraged, us to get hands-on, on-campus experience where it was safe and necessary.
What are your ambitions for the future and how do you think your time at Strathclyde will help you achieve your goals?
I have now started my PhD studies, this master’s course hugely helped me get this position due to the knowledge and hands-on experience I gained throughout the year.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to study at Strathclyde?
My advice to anyone coming to study at Strathclyde is to go for it. Work hard from the beginning, take advantage of the extensive resources the university makes available to students, and to enjoy it.