I’m studying to push myself further.

I’ve been a qualified registered general nurse since 2010, working across various healthcare settings, and became an Infection Prevention and Control Nurse (IPCN) in 2018. While in this role, I wished to become a specialist in my field and started looking into studying a Masters.

The decision to study at Masters level didn’t come lightly, since I’d be juggling my course with working full-time, being a mum and running my own part-time business. However, I realised the course would be hugely beneficial to both my personal and professional development. In fact, when I began a new role in 2021 I was asked to pursue a Masters degree!

While doing my research, I found that only a handful of universities offered MSc Infection Control for online study. I decided to study with the University of Essex Online due to the course content, employability prospects, flexible start dates and because the alumni I had spoken to had nothing but good things to say. My Admissions Adviser was brilliant and helped me throughout the entire application process, ensuring all my questions were answered.

Since starting my course, I’ve come to realise how easy online learning is. Lectures are usually in the evenings which is convenient for me but on the rare occasion I do have to miss them, I can access recorded sessions 24-7 via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Tutors are also very welcoming and on-hand to answer questions on coursework or the course in general.

It’s clear the University of Essex Online cares about students and there’s always someone available to help, whether that’s by phone or email. I cannot recommend the University enough to friends and family!


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Naomi Mc Laughlan

After considering whether I should share part of my personal story openly, I have come to the conclusion that my struggles over the past years may motivate somebody.

Obinna Orjingene

I was looking after children who had fled armed conflict. It was here that I was convinced Public Health was the way to go to progress my career.

Grace Araba

I completed my course just before I turned 71. It shows age is no barrier and that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.