Kirsty Armstrong-Booth, BSc (Hons) Psychology
What are you doing now?
I am currently studying for a postgraduate master’s degree in health Psychology.
What were the main reasons you took the course?
I thoroughly enjoyed my undergraduate degree in Psychology and I love it here at Derby University, it feels like home. I knew I wanted to stay for my postgraduate study. Also, the course is excellent and has received many awards and accreditations and is a well-established, reputable Health Psychology course.
Why did you choose to study the course at the University of Derby?
On visiting Derby it had a warm and welcoming feel. I feel that your best interests were at the heart of the university and they wanted you to succeed offering help and support to do so. The course content is very good and offers many aspects of applied work, including placements and professional skills, preparing you for roles upon graduation.
What impact has studying this course at Derby had on your career?
This course focuses on application and professional skills so I feel on completion I will be fully prepared to take the next step in my career and informed of what is expected of me. I will have the opportunity to explore options within the field, network and make contact with other health psychology professionals in order to progress further and achieve my career aspirations.
How did the lecturers inspire you?
The lecturers were so knowledgeable in their chosen areas. They were engaging and current, still conducting and publishing research alongside their teaching. They were also approachable and personable which only added to the strength of the team and made the course as enjoyable as it was. I felt very supported and had huge respect for the Psychology lecturers who were more than happy to help when they could.
How do you feel the University has helped you in your career so far?
I feel coming to Derby has opened many doors for me and I have achieved much more than I ever thought possible. I have had lots of opportunities and experiences such as internships and research assistant roles. I feel I have gained skills, confidence and self-esteem which will hopefully help me progress along my chosen career path and achieve my goals.
What are your future plans?
I would very much like to progress on to a doctoral study programme and complete a PhD. From this I hope to become an academic, continuing research but especially in a lecturing capacity as I would love the opportunity to pass my passion for psychology on to other students.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to study this course at the University of Derby?
Do it. Take the plunge. Don’t hesitate. If you are unsure, come along to an open/applicant day to meet the lecturers and current students and take a tour of the university and its facilities. Get involved and ask plenty of questions. The course offers a wide range of topics in the area and the skills you will gain will be extremely valuable. You will not be disappointed.
Who are you still in touch with from University of Derby?
I made a fantastic group of friends in my undergraduate degree who I still remain in touch with, a few who have also stayed at Derby and others who have gone on to do other things. I feel very lucky to have met them and hope to keep in contact with them for many years to come.