Psychology Viewpoint

Marina Wimmer

PhD Psychology

'While studying at home in Austria, I visited Stirling a few years ago to carry out some research for my Master’s thesis. When I arrived here for the first time I was impressed how welcoming and friendly people were. Stirling is a very multicultural place and people are used to foreigners. As a city, Stirling lies in a very nice part of Scotland, right in the centre between the country’s two biggest cities and the quieter, more romantic highlands. It is a small but lively place where you have no excuse to get bored.


When I arrived here for the first time I was impressed how welcoming and friendly people were.

Marina Wimmer

Generally starting a PhD should be a well considered decision. First and foremost, you have to find a topic you feel interested enough to work on for at least three years. Like most people, I have gone through lots of ups and downs through the course of my PhD, due to the great intensity and involvement of the work it implies. This is also a very important aspect of my PhD: I always have to motivate myself. There is no direct “boss” behind my back. I have a supervisor supporting me with experience and advice; but basically I am fully autonomous.

When completed, my PhD will be my own three years of hard, dense work and probably the most intensive work I will ever do as a researcher. Here at Stirling I am fairly ‘free’ in my studies, I can implement my own ideas and am not driven by any limiting outside influences… I am really enjoying this period of my researching life where I am completely independent. This independence is a treasure in itself, and is probably one of the most important factors in forming my own, original ideas.’

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