Studying for a Master's or another Postgraduate award The CATS programme can allow students studying for a postgraduate award to: -
• combine subjects not usually available in a standard programme
• top up their postgraduate qualifications gained at other institutions to Master's
• negotiate their programmes as part of their continuing professional development.
Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and part-time postgraduate CATS student
I've studied quite a lot before - I did my teacher training through the University. As I got embedded into my job as a senior lecturer I identified more things to study along the way. But they tended to be quite diverse things like the Education modules and Diagnostic Radiography modules. Halfway through that I decided that it would be good to progress and get an MSc out of it.
CATS gave me the opportunity to bring my credits from different diverse fields, combine them all and use them meaningfully towards the final MSc award. If it wasn't for the CATS programme I would have either needed to use my initial learning and teaching credits and continue gathering more credits in that line to get an MA in Education, or I would have needed to continue doing the medical imaging credits. CATS has helped me to shorten the whole process of getting an MSc and to bring things from different fields which are all appropriate to my role.
My choice to study at the University of Hertfordshire means that I spend less time away from my job which is nice. The only tricky thing is being taught and assessed by your peers and colleagues - I'm more used to teaching with them and now they're teaching me!
I'm a physiotherapist and although diagnostic ultrasound is a good adjunct to physiotherapy, it's a completely different career in itself. I see a future in which diagnostic ultrasounds can be used more and more by physiotherapists. I think I'd be right at the leading edge to get a qualification in both and I'd be able to teach those physiotherapists that wanted to incorporate diagnostic ultrasound into their practice. So my real career aspirations are not really in clinical practice although I do spend one day a week in clinical practice. My main aspirations are to try and incorporate these new skills that I've learnt into new innovative courses that I can deliver to other physiotherapists.
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