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Q&A with Dhanishtha Patel

Dhanishtha is an international student from India who has studied around the world. As she comes to the end of her Psychology of Education MSc, she talks to us about learning in London.

Dhanishtha Patel, Psychology of Education MSc student

What are your motivations for pursuing a graduate-level qualification?
I am an aspiring researcher and professor, and the Psychology of Education MSc is the next step towards that.

What do you think is the best thing about the Psychology of Education MSc?
The professors and lecturers are the best part. They are so passionate and invested in their research and teaching. They are also eager to get students motivated and join their passion projects. 

You've lived and studied around the world - in Dubai, the USA, and Scotland. How do you think the system of learning or researching at UCL differs from other places?
At UCL there are opportunities to think critically and creatively. The education is learning-centred. UCL also offers a programme that is needed in the world today more than ever, but lacking back home - not many universities around the world offer it.

What do you find interesting about your field of study and what inspires you?
The opportunity to change the world for the best, even if it is a small part, is what makes this field of study so interesting and it inspires me every day knowing that I am part of a bigger picture." 


Has there been an element of your degree programme that has impressed you or been particularly valuable?
The empirical research you get to conduct for the dissertation; the access to resources, materials and sample population makes the research actually worth it. And the constant dedication by the staff, from the administrators to the professors, has been extremely impressive. 

What are your career plans once you’ve completed your MSc?
I plan on working in a consultancy or marketing firm for a year or two to gain a different skill set away from academia. Then I’d like to do a PhD on collaborative learning and cultural differences. 

What is it like studying in London?
London is a multifaceted city, and having a multicultural and open city to study in whilst trying to find out who exactly you are is always a bonus. 

Do you think studying at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a good investment?
Definitely. The reputation speaks volumes for the internal push to be the best. The quality of education is worth it, especially the researchers, lecturers and professors; they are awe-inspiring. It has also been a dream of mine to come to UCL as it is one of the best universities for psychology and education. 

Is there anything else you would like to say about your time at the IOE?
This has been a dream come true. This journey has inspired and motivated me to change the world in a new light, and to be a better person, for that I will always be thankful.