Elena Tsirigoti, Corfu, Greece

Elena Tsirigoti, Corfu, Greece

Elena is originally from Corfu in Greece and came to Swansea University to study the MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology after studying Psychology as an undergraduate at Bournemouth University. We caught up with her to find out about her studies and experiences at Swansea University...

Why did you choose to study for a postgraduate qualification at Swansea University?

I chose the MSc in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology as the course content was very appealing. I liked the focus on mental health disorders, and the cost of living/fees was also an important factor.

Can you tell us about your course?

It was one of the few courses I looked at which focused on rarer disorders and provided an introduction to psychotherapy. I found the case studies and the in depth look at specific disorder treatment very interesting. The lecturers were very accessible and helpful. The combination of essays and exams as evaluation methods was also very helpful for someone who hates exams! 

What part of the course did you enjoy the most?

I enjoyed being in lectures where the Professor had both clinical and research knowledge and working with students from around the world. 

What’s been your highlight whilst studying at Swansea University?

My highlight was achieving a distinction as when starting my course I had not imagined I could achieve that at post-graduate level. Working at Swansea Mind was also a highlight as it gave me hands-on experience and I met some wonderful people there!

What are your plans for the future?

I hope to qualify as a Play Therapist soon and continue to work and develop my skills. 

How will your qualification help your career? 

It has helped advance my career as I was able to find a job and recognise my qualifications abroad. It also provided a good basis to later develop my research and therapeutic skills at work and on other courses.

Would you recommend Swansea University to other students? 

Yes. I found the lecturers very supportive as well as the additional learning needs team. The city and the beach are also great!

What advice would you give to students considering postgraduate study?

I would say base your choice on what you will find most interesting as well as advance your career. Look for a course which suits your learning style and provides you with specific real-world knowledge.