Paola Moraes Vasconcelos – MClinRes Clinical Research

"For a long time I had been planning to get my master's degree."


"When I came to Plymouth to visit my boyfriend, I passed by the University of Plymouth and it immediately caught my attention. I went back home and did some online research on the University and found out it was internationally renowned for research in different fields. That's when I decided to apply for the MClinRes Clinical Research."

<p>Campus entrance Roland Levinsky</p>
<p>Drakes reservoir by night, with the Nancy Astor Building in the background</p>
Plymouth University campus

Beyond my expectations

"Looking back, when I applied, I don't think I fully understood all the best things about this programme.

It was only during the induction week and especially during the first taught day of the first module that 'the penny dropped'. I was impressed by the support offered to international students. The postgraduate writing support, the Royal Literary Fund, the international students meeting, and the amazing library (where I pretty much lived for six months until the pandemic started)."

The programme was beyond my expectations!"

Preparing for my career

"When it came to preparing for my future career, I felt supported in every way. Firstly, by the International Student Advice team, then from all the module leads, the programme lead, and from my research supervisor. I never felt alone throughout this challenging time of my career and life.

On my first taught day of one of the modules, I felt extremely overwhelmed and really felt like giving up. The lecturer noticed and was extremely supportive, as was the module lead who took his time to listen to my concerns and reassure me."

Take advantage of all the support the University offers

"Even if you have a problem that you think nobody can help you with, do not keep it to yourself. Talk to a module lead, a lecturer, your tutor or a member of the pastoral team. They will be able to provide support for whatever you need and in a professional and ethical way.

It might sound like a cliché but it is not: you are truly not alone."

"The most exciting experience I had on my course was presenting my dissertation at the 2020 online South West Clinical Schools Symposium and having my research topic considered the one that generated the most discussion. Getting this feedback from acclaimed and experienced researchers was such a boost of motivation to carry on in the research path."

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