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David Kirk

BA Psychology

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

I had attended the open day so this gave me a feel for the campus, which I liked. Anyone I spoke to at Strathclyde was really helpful. I had offers from other universities, but I felt Strathclyde was the most exciting and had a real buzz about it.

How did you decide what course to choose?

I was unsure of what course I wanted to do whilst I was at school, but I read about Psychology in Strathclyde’s prospectus and thought it sounded interesting. I noticed that the course was accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and so I knew I could use my degree for further study when I graduated. The prospect of becoming a clinical, health or forensic psychologist was inspiration to apply.

Has studying at Strathclyde lived up to your expectations?

To get straight to the point, yes, definitely. I have enjoyed both aspects of socialising in the student union and studying in the library. The facilities which are available to students in both aspects are brilliant from a five floor library to a variety of different clubs and societies. Throughout my time at Strathclyde, I have got involved in various opportunities which I could not have done without my studies.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

I enjoyed the research aspect of Psychology. In third year you conduct a small piece of research which prepares you to design your own research in your fourth year dissertation project. The support from staff along the way is brilliant and they inspire you to take new challenges on and push yourself to be the best you can be.

What advice would you give to a prospective student coming to study your course?

Enjoy yourself and work hard. Find a balance between enjoying the social aspect of Strathclyde, meeting new people and forming lasting friendships, and enjoying learning more about a changing discipline which always provides new topics to discuss.

What’s the best thing about studying at Strathclyde?

You are always thinking about how you can better yourself for future studies or for employment aspects. Strathclyde provides so many opportunities which you can choose to get involved with. This ranges from mental health placements within nearby clinics to being a student ambassador for Strathclyde, working at the likes of open day. In every case, what you do is fun and enjoyable.