Hometown: Edinburgh, Scotland

 

About You

I graduated from a Dundee University with a BSc (Hons) Pharmacology. During my final year I was thinking about what I wanted to do after university had ended. I knew that although I really enjoyed my degree I didn’t see it as a future career for me.

How did you come to choose this course and why QMU?

I knew was that I wanted to work with people and I enjoy science so I did lots of research into careers which would incorporate the two. I managed to get work experience in different allied health professions through my university. Out of them all radiotherapy stood out as my favourite so I began to look at universities that offered masters programmes. This narrowed it down to QMU and Glasgow Caledonian. I was drawn to QMU as you get placements throughout Scotland and therefore you experience working in different cancer centres.

Why did you choose to study in Edinburgh/Scotland?

I am originally from Edinburgh so I wanted to move back home. For me moving back to Edinburgh was mainly a decision based on which university I believed offered the best course.

"I wanted a course that would train to me to do a job and this course does exactly that. The qualification is very portable and there are opportunities to work within the UK and also abroad."
Alice Jones

The Course

What did you hope the course would give you? Career change/progression? Continuing personal development?

I wanted a course that would train to me to do a job and this course does exactly that. The qualification is very portable and there are opportunities to work within the UK and also abroad.

How did you find the work load? Could you comment on the support available to you?

It is a very intensive course, especially when it comes to the block summer placements. I think coming from a science background has helped me although it is completely different to my previous degree. Due to the small class sizes the students get to know the lecturers well and therefore any problems can be taken straight to them. There are also many other support services including the liaison librarian and student services.

Are you working during the course?

I worked in first year. I think it was manageable however, my shifts always clashed with lectures so I stopped working. Most people on my course do have jobs. During the summer placement it is a lot more difficult to work as you are in Monday – Friday fulltime but again, some people do it. I work as a student ambassador at QMU ad hoc which is a really great job to have during term time because you choose your hours of work and so if you are busy you don’t need to do any shifts.

How do you think your QMU degree has equipped you with the skills/knowledge to development your career?

I think that so far my experience with QMU has been very positive. You are taught everything that you need to know and all the theory that you learn throughout the year is put into context during the summer placement.

What top tips would you give prospective PG students based on your own personal experience?

I think it is important to be aware of how much work is involved and how much of your own time you need to put in to self-study.

Life after Graduation

What are your future plans in terms of career/ charity work/ further study do you have once you have completed the course?

After I graduate I hope to take up a post as a radiotherapist in the NHS.  

 

Story published 2016-2017

Diagnostic Radiography (Pre-Registration)

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