Petr Šupa

Petr Šupa
Within a few weeks, you'll know all your classmates by name, and often, the lecturers will know you just as well.
Name
Petr Šupa
Programme
Behavioural Science (research)
Country of previous education
the Netherlands and Czech Republic
Study start date
Study end date
Previous education
Psychology (Erasmus+ at Radboud University), Liberal Arts and Humanities

Master's student Petr Šupa is studying Behavioural Science at Radboud University.

What do you like about the Research Master's and why? How has the programme challenged you?

What I appreciate most about the Behavioural Science programme is its inclusive approach to teaching statistics, which is the core part of the programme. Despite my background in liberal arts and humanities, and having only a basic understanding of statistics, this programme has effectively built my statistical knowledge from the ‘ground-up’. Not only by learning the R language, but I am also equipped with a strong foundation for data analysis which prepares me for a (research) career in- as well as outside of academia. Also, you have considerable freedom in choosing your academic path right from the start. Don't worry if you are unsure at this point since you will have ample time to figure it out. I understand that having this level of autonomy can be challenging for some who are not used to it from their previous education. Personally, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to choose the majority of my courses during my Bachelor's, so this system works well for me!

What do you think about the atmosphere in class?

The lectures are smaller, more personal and interactive than typical of a Bachelor's or other Master's programmes. Within a few weeks, you'll know all your classmates by name, and often, the lecturers will know you just as well. I greatly appreciate this personal approach to education. Moreover, you work on minor research projects in groups of two or three students - so you gain real team science experience right from the beginning!

What do you find most challenging in your Master’s? Have you encountered any obstacles?

I believe that I developed a fear of statistics during my Bachelor's degree, which has been more of a mental challenge than a practical one. Although acquiring statistical knowledge can be time-consuming, it is an essential tool and core requirement for any scientist.

Are you currently doing an internship? Or what is your thesis about?

Currently, I'm part of the Experimental Psychology and Treatment (CogPT) lab and have been finalising a minor research project on approach-avoidance behaviours of people who are diagnosed with depression, as well as social anxiety and loneliness, using the Approach-Avoidance Task.

Why do you think it is important that there are people with this degree? What are your plans once you have received your Master's degree?

I believe that it is important for people to have this degree because in today's world, the impact of human behaviour, or trace data, is everywhere. The ability to systematically and critically analyse, comprehend, and interpret this data is a highly sought-after skill. Therefore, having a degree in this field certainly opens doors to a wide variety of job opportunities. My personal goal is to pursue a PhD and remain in academia. However, I believe that this degree would also allow me to explore data-related job positions, not only in the Netherlands but also internationally.