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hannah.jpgHealth Research graduate Hannah Fraser has been able to progress her career as a result of completing the course. We caught up with her to find out more.

Why did you choose to study Health Research?

I originally undertook an undergraduate degree in Psychology and was working at Warwick Medical School in an administrative capacity for a research team. I wanted to transition into research and doing this degree enabled me to make that transition.

The degree was really useful in learning about systematic reviewing, which helped me decide ultimately what I wanted to do when I achieved the Master’s. I thought that Understanding Research and Critical Appraisals was a great starting point as a first module.I particularly enjoyed the optional module in health screening, which had really engaging enthusiastic teachers and helped clarify diagnostics for me.

What did you like about the course?

I am a busy working mother, so I needed my study to fit in around my work and my parenting commitments. I was able to take three modules a year and concentrate on my final project in my final year which worked out well for me. It was, of course, sometimes a challenge to fit it all in and meet deadlines but I am really glad I did it. I was exceptionally fortunate in my final year to be able to undertake a project that was particularly pertinent for my area of work as well as a key study interest which made it beneficial all round.

What have you got out of the course?

Since doing the Master’s, I have been promoted at work. The Master’s played a key part in helping me to achieve this goal. I am now a Research Associate, which is a good step in the direction I want to go. I want to spend the year solidifying my learning within my current role but I potentially will look to study a PhD in the future to enable me to progress even further.

Would you recommend the course to others?

I would certainly recommend the course to people who are interested in pursuing a career in research. The practical focus and the style of the course assessments are all catered to helping students gain the skills necessary to working in this field.