Marie Smith, MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology

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With a career in Psychology firmly in mind, Marie, who is originally from Herefod, made Swansea University her first choice. After completing her undergraduate studies in 2009 and working as a support worker for Young Epilepsy, she returned to Swansea in 2014 to Study the MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology.

Marie said: “I enjoyed all aspects of the course and and feel that it was an excellent way of building my knowledge of mental health conditions. All of the lecturers had a great knowledge of their chosen field, and were very supportive throughout the course. 

Alongside her studies, Marie took advantage of a number of work placement opportunities which, she feels, will help her pursue her career. She said: “Swansea University provided with me great variety of opportunities, including work experience through the SPIN (Swansea Paid Internship Network) programme.

“Whilst studying the MSc, there were a few Assistant Psychologist placements within the NHS. After interviews, I was selected for a placement in a Psychiatric Hospital. This placement provided me with the opportunity to put what I had learnt into practice. It also helped to strengthen my career prospects, as I gained valuable work experience.“

Marie is now continuing her studies in London. She said, “I am training to be a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner in conjunction with the University College of London. I hope to qualify in June/July 2016, and gain a Post Graduate Diploma which will allow me to use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with patients with anxiety and depression."

She added: "I would definitely recommend Swansea University to other students. I fell in love with the campus and the City. ”