I needed a master's to progress to the next stage of my career
I also chose to do study at postgraduate level because I really enjoy studying! I know some people might think that's a bit strange but I really wanted to do a piece of research that was part of the course. This was based around hip fractures and the patients' experiences of walking again after surgery. It was very much related to my clinical role at the time and an area of personal interest.
I chose to study at Coventry University because it was convenient and has a good reputation
Location was really important. As it was full time study it needed to be easy and convenient alongside my job, and Coventry just made sense. It did help that the Physiotherapy department already had a really good reputation and I already had some links with tutors because of this.
To be honest, I didn't look at any other universities in the end!
Studying my Master's made me think differently. I was much more analytical, which started me on the path to get to the position I'm in today.
There were lots of things I enjoyed about the course
It was all really interesting because it was relevant to what I was doing. It was a great example of 'adult learning' and gaining some more essential experience. I was also impressed with the flexibilty of my modules.
I should also point out that a big part of my enjoyment was Dr Christine Carpenter, my favourite lecturer. She was a real expert in qualitative research and inspired me massively. I was able to pursue qualitative research as my main area at a time where it was seen as less robust. She gave me the confidence to do that.
I always knew the support was there if I needed it
There's a lot of independent study at the postgraduate level, which is to be expected at this point really. But I always knew the support was there if I needed it.
I was given a lot of advice on student support and academic writing. My tutors even told me which modules to do first so I could really get into the thinking and writing for them. It actually helped my grades and I was so pleased I got a Distinction!