Growing your own: Former Staffordshire University Undergraduate Jamie Gillman talks of his journey to Master and now PhD

My interest in Sport Psychology came from studying both P.E and psychology at A-level in my local sixth form college.  It was from then that I decided to look for universities offering a degree in Sport Psychology as this was the combination of the two subjects I enjoyed the most.Jamie Gilman

After looking at a number of universities, Staffordshire University became my first choice as the University offered a BPS (British Psychological Society) accredited course and the department seemed well organised and friendly.

Throughout the three years of the degree I developed a real passion for the subject and it was clear towards the end of the third year I wanted to study further.  Staffordshire University offered a two year part-time MSc in Sport Psychology by distance learning – although I was only living a couple of mile ways from the University!  Therefore, having enjoyed my time as an undergraduate and with the department being so supportive, it was an easy decision to make. This worked out great for me as I was able to work a part-time job alongside my studying. During this time, as I was living locally, I was also able to get involved in a number of research projects around the University further developing my research knowledge and skills.

After finishing my Masters an opportunity came up to read for a PhD focused on a similar area to my MSc project and I was lucky enough to be offered the position.  My PhD is funded by the University from monies allocated form the last REF (Research Excellence Framework)  – This is a Government initiative that every six years evaluates and funds UK Universities research.

I find myself very fortunate to be working in such a fantastic department and excited for the PhD Journey!

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