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In her own words, Sabrina Spangsdorf from Denmark is “a strategic development consultant by day and a research enthusiast and human behaviour nerd by night”. The question close to Sabrina’s heart has always been: why do we behave as we do?

Her desire to understand human motivation, decision making and behaviour led her to look for a psychology degree programme that would allow her to study alongside her work in organisational development and change management. She searched in Denmark and neighbouring countries before finally choosing the University of Liverpool’s online MSc in Psychology.

“The fact that it was online was a bonus as it allowed me to study from afar and not have to worry about travelling. I have been able to schedule the online programme around my work, which suited me very well,” said Sabrina, who started a new job as a strategic development consultant and analyst at Hillerød Kommune, north of Copenhagen in September 2016.

The Glass Slipper

Sabrina graduated with distinction from her master’s degree programme in July 2016, travelling to Liverpool to receive her degree certificate in person. She also received a Dissertation of the Year award for her research study on women, identity and top management, focusing on a theory known as the ‘Glass Slipper’ effect.

“My research struck a nerve, catching the attention of the national media in Denmark prompting a flood of emails and social media responses from many women. They could really identify with what I was finding,” said Sabrina. Read more about her unique research here.

Five tips for online study

“The MSc in Psychology has been a great journey. I can’t believe that three years have gone by already. My dissertation, especially, has been so exciting,” said Sabrina. For others considering this type of study, she has five good tips:

  • Make a plan and stick to it, also on rainy days
  • Be systematic, and realistic about your time
  • Preparation is everything!
  • Think like a person in sales and marketing when collecting data
  • Enjoy the ride!
“Exciting, hard work and high level,” is how Sabrina sums up her University of Liverpool Online study experience.

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