Pei Fen Chia
An opportunity to pursue further studies arose after many years of working as a clinician in Singapore.
My interest and clinical specialisation as an occupational therapist has been in Neurorehabilitation and therefore the MSc in Neurorehabilitation at Brunel University was a natural choice. This program, which is run over one year instead of the usual one and a half or two years meant less time away from clinical work which meant I didn't lose touch with the work I had already done.
The course is very challenging, however the support from lecturers has been praiseworthy. The emphasis on neuroscience and neurophysiological research in the course helped me understand in much more depth the various pathologies I have seen in patients. I am sure the knowledge gained will go a long way in the future, enhancing the quality of patient education and communication with the multidisciplinary team back home.
Other modules such as clinical applications in Neurorehabilitation had sought deeper application of latest research in a comprehensive range of relevant and specific areas in Neurorehabilitation. This motivated and challenged me to put on new lenses in viewing the familiar aspects of day-to-day clinical work.
Brunel University has a great learning environment - the library is open 24 hours a day, and there are also many books and journals which can be retrieved online. The support team for academic writing has also been helpful.
Undertaking the MSc in Neurorehabilitation was never boring and always stimulating. This experience at Brunel University will influence my practice in a positive direction in the future.