“Throughout my master's, I’ve felt a deep sense of purpose in what I do, and today feel that my contributions in academia will have an impact on the world, in some way, shape, or form,” said Josephine.
An assistant researcher and lecturer – and soon to be a PhD student – at a leading Nordic university , Josephine was a graphic designer, running her own company, when she started the online master’s programme. “I used to work long hours but thanks to the programme’s structure, I was able to flexibly adapt my time.”
“I had long wanted to do something more meaningful with my life, and felt stuck. I didn’t believe I would get in, so when I did, I just went for it!” she said.
The breakthrough came even before she graduated. “As soon as my dissertation was submitted, I was hired by a leading university, as an assistant to a lead researcher at the centre for person-centred care, within a project focusing on finding psychometric tools to assist in the adaptation of personalised care,” said Josephine, who won a Student of the Year award for her outstanding performance on the online MSc programme.
It wasn’t always easy to fit her studies in with her busy life. “Sometimes I struggled but I took my studies with me all over the world, wherever I was working, and travelling. I studied on the Amalfi coast in Italy, on the Côte d’Azur in France (where I lived for most of my childhood), in Central America and even in hospital waiting rooms, while a relative went through chemotherapy treatments” said Josephine, who is originally from Ireland.
What were the highlights of studying online with the University of Liverpool?
“Being intellectually stimulated, being a student representative, growing and self-reflecting,” said Josephine. “Also, learning to understand people I previously would have found difficult, and writing my first academic article for publication.”
For her master’s dissertation research, she focused on the empathic engagement in doctor-patient relationships. “This led to developing quite extensive knowledge in medical ethics, person-centred care, and humanistic medicine. My study took a phenomenological approach, and will be published shortly.”
Josephine has continued her learning journey, studying sociology at an advanced level and working towards a second master’s degree in medical ethics. Her next step is to start a PhD. “Thanks to the University of Liverpool, I’ve developed an even greater zest for accumulating new knowledge and exploring the human experience,” said Josephine.