Cellular Pathology MSc
In 2003, I graduated from Escola Superior Egas Moniz, Lisbon, with a bachelor’s degree. Then I decided that before entering the working world, I would experiment with a new reality and complete a master’s degree; with these two goals completed, I packed my bags and moved to London.
After achieving registration with the HCPC, I was offered a full-time position and the possibility of completing a second master’s programme; so in August 2004, I contacted the supervisor of the master’s programme in Cellular Pathology at the University of Westminster to enrol. After having a discussion with him, we agreed that I should start by completing a post-graduate degree in Biomedical Science to make it easier to integrate into the curriculum delivered in English.
In 2005, I started my master’s in Cellular Pathology as a part time student for the next two years. A couple of months into the programme, my supervisor suggested that I join a Cellular Pathology discussion group in London to encourage and promote my professional development and networking in London. Since 2006, I have been part of the organising committee, and this has allowed me to develop my networking skills. Throughout this degree, I experienced challenges around workload commitments that were overwhelming; however, a strong sense of camaraderie and openness with the module leaders allowed me to overcome these challenges and be successful.
My final project was engaging and fulfilling; leaving my comfort zone and exploring techniques that I had not carried out in my routine work allowed me to develop resilience and motivation to complete my project, and any endeavour that I set in my sights to complete.
In 2007, when I completed my degree, I was a changed person; I was more confident and articulate, with a greater depth of knowledge in an array of subjects, and with a new interest area – education and training development. My encounter with my master’s programme supervisor had a great impact on my professional and academic progress, and since then his supervision and guidance has been invaluable.
Since completing the master’s programme in 2007, I have often engaged with the University as a workplace training provider and external verifier of the IBMS Registration Portfolio, attended a couple of events at the University and have been invited to attend events with undergraduate students.
My experience with the faculty of Life Sciences has been highly positive. I have always felt that the lecturers were dedicated and committed to the students and my continuous engagement with the University is evident by my writing of this short piece. I would like to acknowledge the investment of the faculty for aiding in my personal academic and professional development.