Graduate views: Saoirse Connor Desai
- Graduated 2012: BSc in Psychology
- Postgraduate student at UCL - MSc Cognitive and Decision Sciences
Can you tell us a bit about what you're doing now?
I'm currently studying an MSc Cognitive and Decision Sciences at University College London. The course develops an understanding of the core theoretical principles of human thought and tackles applied problems in a range of areas including marketing, finance and public policy.
How did City help you get to where you are today?
My course at City helped me to develop a wide range of practical and academic skills and inspired my career choice. The choice of third-year modules allowed me to finely tailor my final year toward a research career. The level of support offered by staff and academic staff at City allowed me to achieve my best and I still maintain strong connections with city.
Why did you choose to study psychology at City?
Firstly, because when I was researching universities that offered Psychology I established that City had a pre-eminent reputation in teaching and in research. Secondly, being a Londoner, the location of City greatly appealed to me as it's right in the heart of London.
How did you first develop an interest in Psychology?
It was mainly through my love of philosophy and literature. I've always been fascinated with the human mind and its capabilities and limitations and Psychology allowed me to explore this in a number of ways and from a number of perspectives.
What was your favourite topic or module?
One module I took in my final year particularly inspired me to continue study in this field. 'The Psychology of Time' course is the only one of its kind in the world. The course ranges from lower- to higher-level cognitive aspects of time and incorporates neurophysiological, philosophical and decision making aspects of cognition.
I also enjoyed Cognitive Psychology - it encompasses everything essential to human thought and I find this fascinating.
What are your longer-term career plans?
I plan to pursue a research career in cognitive sciences in the long term. I believe my experience at City helped me to develop the research skills and analytic mind essential to this career path.