The wide variety of modules allowed me to explore areas I was most interested in

Eva-Sofia Fernandez-Arias
Eva-Sofia Fernandez-Arias
Undergraduate student
Psychology BSc
Eva-Sofia explored areas including memory, sleep and brain imaging during her degree, and now plans to become a cognitive neuroscience researcher.
Eva-Sofia Fernandez-Arias

What made you want to study your course?

I was fascinated by the complexities of the brain and how it influences human behaviour. After studying both psychology and biology at A Level, I wanted to study this course to gain a deeper understanding of the enthralling and rapidly progressing field of psychology.

What made you decide to study at the University of Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield’s strong focus on the neurobiological mechanisms underlying cognition, perception and psychopathology appealed to me. Additionally, I decided to study here as it is a vibrant, green city, with the beautiful Peak District on its doorstep.

What have you enjoyed most about your course so far?

I most enjoyed the extended essay and dissertation, as I was able to delve into new topics that I had never heard of, such as neuroinflammation and body schemas. Additionally, I enjoyed the wide variety of modules on offer, which allowed me to explore areas I was most interested in, such as memory, sleep and brain imaging. Crucially, these experiences consolidated my interests in completing a masters degree and becoming a researcher in the future.

What skills have you developed during your course?

This course has helped me to develop my organisational skills and to become a more independent learner. The University’s focus on independent reading, and the chance to write an extended essay on a topic of your choice, are fantastic, and have helped me to become better at reviewing literature and exploring new research areas. Additionally, the research project has helped me to develop vital skills in research design, statistical data analysis, and working with large data sets. It was by far the most challenging but fulfilling aspect of the course.

What would you say to a student thinking about studying your course at Sheffield?

A psychology degree is extremely interesting and versatile. There are so many modules to choose from, so you can specialise in the areas that you find interesting. You also get to learn directly from experts and follow their cutting-edge research, allowing you to be at the forefront of psychological research.

What are you planning to do after your degree?

I have been accepted onto the masters course in Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging here at Sheffield. After that, I hope to do a doctorate and ultimately become a cognitive neuroscience researcher.

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