What has been your biggest achievement during your course so far?

My most significant achievement during my MRes journey has been the profound self-discovery that unfolded as I crafted my own research project with the potential to impact the scientific landscape. Beyond the acquisition of technical skills and theoretical knowledge, this experience has been a journey of self-awareness. Navigating the interdisciplinary space has allowed me to understand my strengths, interests, and the unique perspective I bring to the scientific community. Developing and shaping my own project has been empowering, showcasing my ability to formulate meaningful research questions and design a study that contributes to the broader scientific dialogue. This personal achievement is not only a testament to my growth as a researcher but also reflects the program’s success in fostering an environment where individuals can discover their voice and make a tangible impact on the world of science.

What are the best things about your course?

The best thing about my MRes in interdisciplinary study is the incredible diversity within our cohort. Coming from backgrounds in neuroscience, biology, plant sciences, medicine, linguistics, and history, each person brings a unique perspective to the table. This diversity is the key to our collective learning experience. In our close-knit community, I’ve found that learning about others’ projects is as enlightening as delving into my own research. Engaging with different fields has broadened my view, making me realise how much I can integrate into my own work. The collaborative environment encourages us to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries, fostering discussions that bring fresh insights and innovative approaches. It’s not just about learning within our own specialties; it’s about discovering unexpected connections and synergies that enhance the depth of our research. Overall, the MRes has been a transformative journey, showing me that the real strength lies in the diversity of perspectives within our interdisciplinary cohort.

Tell us about yourself and your journey to postgraduate study.

Last summer, as I found myself at the crossroads of postgraduate decisions, the choices seemed endless. I had a profound love for neuroscience from my undergraduate degree, particularly the field of mental health and psychiatry, which inclined me towards pursuing a master’s degree in clinical neuropsychiatry. However, a second-year module on health inequities sparked a new consideration – a shift towards a career in public health. I was wondering whether I could a way to combine these interests into one masters. This is when I found the MRes in interdisciplinary study. I applied for an advertised research project looking at improving mental health outcomes in youth and I have been tailoring it to combine my interests and fill the gaps in neuroscience. Now, in the first term of my MRes in Interdisciplinary Study, I can confidently assert that my decision was the right one.

What was your motivation for postgraduate study?

The drive behind my decision to pursue postgraduate study lies in a dual ambition – to strengthen my career prospects in neuroscience and cultivate an interdisciplinary approach. Following my undergraduate degree, I recognised the need to not only deepen my expertise but also bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application. My aim is to acquire a versatile skill set by engaging in interdisciplinary studies, enabling me to navigate the complexities of neuroscience while integrating insights from related fields. This approach reflects a strategic move to not only advance academically but to emerge as a well-rounded professional, adept at addressing the multifaceted challenges of the workforce.