- Course: MSc Infection, Immunity and Human Disease
- Year of graduation: 2019
About your course/programme
Why did you choose to come to Leeds University to study the above course?
Having studied Biology at Leeds, I wanted a more clinical and healthcare focus to my further studies. The course sounded really interesting and covered all aspects that I was interested in.
What did you enjoy about your course?
I loved the range of modules and the amount of skills that are taught that you can use for future careers. You have quite a bit of lab time which enables you to practise what you are taught in lectures. The course is also small, so I feel like I had more personalised teaching that I did at undergraduate level. I felt comfortable asking for help.
What have been the highlights of the course?
I really enjoyed the protein engineering module as you get to learn a variety of techniques with PhD students there to guide you so I never felt like we were left to do everything on our own, but you do have a certain amount of freedom to figure it out for yourself.
What was your greatest challenge throughout your course?
Learning to manage my own time was difficult. You often have several pieces of coursework due around the same time and so you have to plan when everything is going to be done around your timetabled hours. I found writing a plan of when I was going to focus on certain pieces of work each week the best way to handle this.
How do you think doing a research project has benefited/will benefit you in the future?
The research project will give me laboratory skills that I can take into a future career and also the ability to plan a big project for the first time.
About the University
Why did you choose the University of Leeds?
Having done my undergraduate degree here, I knew the city and the university well and I enjoyed living here. I was happy that there was a course that was perfect for what I wanted to study further.
What have been the highlights of your time at the University of Leeds?
Meeting new people off my course.
How have the facilities (libraries/labs etc.) helped you get the most out of your degree?
The postgraduate level in Edward Boyle library is really good for focusing and also getting a room to do group projects. The labs have all the facilities you would need for a project.
What are your ambitions for the future?
I plan on becoming a clinical scientist with the NHS by getting on the Scientist Training Programme. The university holds yearly talks from people on the course which helped me know what to do to apply and how to have the best chance of getting on the course. I had a meeting in the careers centre that gave me really good advice on the experience needed to apply.