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Student Spotlight - Shazia, BSc Psychology

We spoke to Shazia to find out what she enjoys about studying BSc Psychology at Queen Mary and how she has found mixed-mode education 

Shazia Jaufarally

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary over other universities?

I chose Queen Mary as it is the most diverse Russell Group University and it is one of the few universities that teach Psychology from a heavily scientific perspective.

Why did you pick this course?

I loved how the psychology course at Queen Mary is scientifically orientated, unliked other universities which focus on humanities. This quality drew me towards QMUL as my desired career in to become a neuropsychologist.

How have you found the teaching, research, lecturers, course content?

A lot of the teaching involves high levels of engagement with the students, this interactive aspect helps when consolidating the content. The lecturers are passionate about what they teach which make the lessons enjoyable. The course content is interesting and relatable to everyday life; the research presented in the lecturers are mainly up-to-date and it’s interesting to apply the effects of COVID to different psychological concepts.

How have you found the support services and the facilities?

The Lecture theatre facilities have been great, and it’s been lovely to meet other members on my course in person. The socialisation has really had a positive impact on my university experience, which I missed out on last year due to COVID. I’m thankful that the education is in MME (mixed mode education). It allows students to attend lectures as well as be more flexible with our time.

What do you think of the campus/es?

I really enjoy the friendly environment on the Mile End campus and the ‘study buzz’ when working independently in the library or in other communal areas.

Have you used the Careers and Enterprise service? How has it benefited you?

Yes, I have shown my CV and applications when applying for internships and received valuable advice on how to make my application stronger. The advice I received was beneficial and helped me secure internships throughout the year.

What has been your favorite thing about studying at Queen Mary?

My favorite things at Queen Mary have been the type of people at the university - My peers and staff are so friendly and helpful. It is also very diverse (the most diverse Russell Group University).

What do you enjoy about your course and what has been your biggest highlight?

My biggest highlight of the course has been meeting lecturers and peers in real life, it makes the student experience more unique and real. I really appreciate being able to attend lectures in person with my friends, but also having the facility to attend online if I’m feeling unwell. I also like how the university push their students to do their best in every assignment i.e., a 1st is the goal for everyone to try and reach.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering your course and Queen Mary?

If you’re looking for a course that delves into the unique complexities of human/non-human behaviour with a diverse range of peers and teaching styles, then psychology at Queen Mary is the right place for you.

Are you a member of any societies, volunteering, or hold any part-time jobs, how have you found them?

I am a member of a few societies including the Islamic Society (ISOC), Book club, and the Psychology society. Joining societies is a great way to increase your friendship group and meet a range of people from different years/courses with similar interests!

I work part-time in a retail store and during the summer I had found paid internships on Queen Mary’s careers hub.  

What are your plans after finishing your course? / What do you want to do when you graduate (if you know)?

After I graduate, I plan on completing a Master's in neuropsychology.

Any memories/final thoughts?

It’s important to get as involved with the university as much as you can to maximise your experience. I feel like I belong here at Queen Mary and I can’t imagine myself anywhere else.

Sum up your experience at Queen Mary in just four words:

Exciting, Sociable, Intense and Refreshing



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