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Jasmine Wood 

MSc Health History

What were your reasons for taking on a postgraduate degree, and why did you decide to study at Strathclyde University?

I am passionate about the history of medicine and believe it is important in today’s society to further influence modern policy on the practice of medicine and the care of patients. This passion has led me to continue my studies through the History MSc programme at Strathclyde. Undertaking the Health History MSc was essential for me to pursue doctoral study.

What do you like about your course/department/faculty/Strathclyde? 

My experience with the history department at Strathclyde has been an extremely positive one. The staff that I have came across during my time here but especially during MSc studies could not be more friendly or approachable. They are always willing chat about class material, assignments and help whenever they can.

What specialist knowledge/professional skills have you developed whilst studying the course?

Undertaking the Health History MSc has provided me an extremely broad understanding and context of the history of health medicine topics spanning from the early nineteenth century to the present day. This kind of knowledge and understanding is invaluable for anyone interested the history of health and medicine. It has certainly been extremely useful for my own research. The Medicine and Warfare module provided me with essential context for commencing research for my masters dissertation on the role of masculinity and sexuality in the rehabilitation of facially disfigured servicemen during the Second World War.

How is your course specifically helping to enhance you current career/prepare for your future career?

The Health History MSc has provided me with the necessary independent research skills, time management, presentation and writing skills I need to pursue doctoral study.

What are your ambitions for the future? How do you think your postgraduate degree, and your time at Strathclyde, will help you achieve your goals.

It is my ambition to pursue doctoral study at Strathclyde this would not only develop my current research skills but it will also enable me to further engage with other scholars at conferences, and develop public engagement skills. My postgraduate studies and time at Strathclyde will most definitely help me achieve my goals. My current experience has already equipped me with the research knowledge and understanding I need on the area of the masculinity of war disfigured servicemen to carry out further research on the experience of war disabled servicemen. My long-term goal is to pursue a career in academia, particularly in the history of medicine, and undertaking a PhD would be the next step in this career path. As well as the Health History MSc providing me with the practical tools such as writing and presentation for doctoral study, the University of Strathclyde is also part of the CSHHH in collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University, making it the ideal place for me to continue my studies and achieve my goals.

What have been the main challenges studying at postgraduate level?

Multi-tasking and developing my time-management skills to juggle different assignments with close together due dates.