BSc Psychology to DClinPsy? Watch
I know that eventually, I would like to apply for the dclinpsy, its just a matter of when.
I've looked at masters courses and I've seen a few that I'm really interested in that also include clinical experience but i've seen some people say that it would be a waste of time and that I should be building up experience full-time instead. I was thinking that a masters would help me and as it also includes placements (and hopefully the opportunity to make one of those placements a bit more long term as the DClinpsy courses I've seen so far ask for at least a year of full time experience).
I have 1 years voluntary experience in a counselling setting, previous experience handling children and hopefully a part-time job as a support worker in the summer.
I wanted to do a masters, build up some experience with that, strengthen my application and then apply for a job as an assistant psychologist or something similar and then after a while, apply for the dclinpsy.
To be honest, I'm just not sure if this is the correct way to be looking at it.
I would really appreciate the help! x
- You build up on your research skills beyond undergrad. This is really good if you do not want to work as a research assistant, or want another opportunity to do a study that potentially gets published.
- Clinical placements sometimes are offered in NHS. Gives you links to get an AP job in NHS afterwards
- I like studying something in depth. These MSc can focus on a specific subspecialty you perhaps did not learn much about during undergrad
- You don't study 5 days a week even if you do it full time. So you can get a part-time job whilst also getting a masters. You are ticking off a lot of boxes in terms of what can give your application an advantage, in a short space of time.
- I can still get a loan for it, and live at home whilst doing the masters if I stay in my home city. That way it is financially feasible.
However lest I forget the cons:
- One extra year worth of debt, with interest. Is it worth it? My peers will be earning over 21k and can start paying off their debt immediately but I won't be able to.
- Studying is demanding, do I still have the stamina to do it? Can I do a masters at home?
- I have to be patient for another year before I can finally get out into the real world and have a proper job
It's so subjective. Another person could read that and conclude that they don't think a masters is worth it.
What matters to you? No one can tell you that.