David Cowcher

David Cowcher

We get taught by world-leading scientists and yet if you have a question or need help with work you can just knock on their door and ask.


How did you decide on your degree choice? What appealed about Manchester?

I was originally intending to study pure forensic science rather than chemistry, but compared to the other universities I visited, Manchester had a far superior lab setup, better equipment and the reassuring feeling that it was a top university offering a quality standard of teaching and providing much better future career prospects.

What were your first impressions of the university and the city?

Having never been to Manchester before I applied for my degree I didn’t really know what to expect, but the campus is really welcoming, with a mix of traditional and modern buildings.

The fact that it blends directly into the city centre, rather than being isolated on a distant campus, is a big plus. The people are friendly and public transport is great, so it’s easy to get around.

What are you most enjoying about your course?

We get taught by world-leading scientists and yet if you have a question or need help with work you can just knock on their door and ask.

What skills and attributes do you think you have gained from your course and co-curricular activities so far?

I have gained a good level of knowledge of fundamental chemistry, as well as valuable lab experience with a multinational company as part of a year in industry.

Also the option to specialise and study additional course units, including some outside of the chemistry department has allowed me to pursue areas I find particularly interesting in more depth. Whilst the time spent working is reasonably high, I have still had time to join sports teams and meet new friends from other courses and indeed other universities.

How do you think you are benefitting from studying at Manchester?

Being at such a highly respected university will hopefully provide me great future career opportunities – much more so than if I had chosen to study pure forensic science at one of the newer universities.

The size and diversity of this university also instils excellent interpersonal skills that will be valuable when continuing beyond my degree.

What advice would you give to students considering applying for the same course that you took?

Come to Manchester! You will struggle to find a better environment in which to learn, with top facilities and world experts to call upon whenever you need them.

The size of the university and diversity of the student population means that outside of your studies, you have the opportunity to do pretty much anything you can imagine through the vast network of clubs and societies, as well as meet like-minded people and make some of the best friends you’ll ever have.

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