Daniel Gaffiero - What our students say - University of Derby

Daniel Gaffiero, MSc Health Psychology - BSc (Hons) Psychology graduate

Tell us about the course you’re studying and how it fits with your career aspirations?

Following the completion of a BSc in Psychology at the University of Derby (First Class Honours) I decided to continue my studies at the University and pursue a MSc in Health Psychology. Upon completion of the MSc, I will have completed stage 1 training to become a Health Psychologist which is my desired area of work. Following this I aim to pursue stage 2 training.

What have been your biggest successes so far?

My first success was receiving a Dean’s award during my second year of study for outstanding academic achievement. In addition to this, I graduated with a first-class honours and was awarded with the British Psychological Society Award for attaining the highest grade in Psychology at the university. Moreover, I was also highly commended by the Undergraduate Awards for a literature review I wrote for the Clinical Applications of Psychology module, which is published in the Undergraduate Awards Library.

What were your main reasons for choosing this course?

I chose to study a BSc in Psychology as the open day I attended was fantastic. I had a mini session with Dr Maggie Gale about evolutionary psychology and attractiveness which I found both engaging and interesting. I enjoyed her lecturing style and felt that the University of Derby stood out compared to other university open days I attended. 

How do your lecturers inspire you?

My lecturers were outstanding, they encouraged me to do my best work and aim for a first. They offered support and guidance throughout my undergraduate degree. But most importantly they value each student, which many other universities just see as numbers.

Tell us about your modules; what makes them interesting and which are your favourite?

The Psychology of Health was a great module, we completed a research proposal and an essay on a health behaviour of our choice. The research proposal gave me great experience of planning a study before I started my dissertation, and the essay helped me to develop a strong interest in health psychology by evaluating psychological models that attempted to explain and predict individuals likelihood to quit smoking. Amy and Vicki (the module leaders) were both engaging and their lectures were very informative. It was a really great module.

What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to study this course at the University of Derby?

The University of Derby stands out compared to other university institutions. The psychology team view each and every student as individuals, not numbers, and offer fantastic support, guidance and opportunities throughout the degree. The lecturers are absolutely amazing, I am so lucky and privileged to have attended this University and be taught by knowledgeable, passionate, hardworking lecturers. The course is definitely value for money and if I could I would do it all again!