Engineering and Physical Sciences International Excellence Scholarship recipient, 2014

I am taught by outstanding lecturers who are willing to help and who are recognised scholars in their fields of study.

How did you decide on your degree choice?

I am doing BSc Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry. This course attracts me because I get a highly flexible degree programme covering a wide range of courses taught by chemists, pharmacists, biologists and industrial medicinal chemists. What I appreciate is that this course combines biology and chemistry, explaining biological processes through chemistry. Chemistry with medicinal Chemistry is a highly organised course that combines chemistry and pharmacy. Despite core inorganic, physical and organic chemistry, I get in-depth knowledge of drug research and pharmaceutical chemistry.  My degree is accredited by The Royal Society of Chemistry that gives me ground for recognition and ability to do my own research. Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry degree gives infinite opportunities in chemical and pharmaceutical industries and The University of Manchester provides me with abilities to enliven these opportunities.

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

Manchester is a vibrant multicultural city. I thought that it would be difficult for me to fit in this fast-paced lifestyle, but I was wrong!  It took some time and effort to assimilate in Manchester and become part of its student and city communities, but once you are in, you are never out! Manchester enchants you at the very entrance, and you feel its magic in every detail. Here you feel that you are uniquely treasured and you get confidence to speak of your dreams. Manchester is very friendly towards you, you are guided and protected here from your first step at the airport till the last step of your Graduation Ceremony. I greatly enjoyed Withworth Gallery that is proud to exhibit Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood paintings. Architecture of Manchester shows how this city was evolving and reflects its history with great accuracy. It is a must for football fans to visit The National Museum of Football and make a use of Manchester location to conquer Peak District. Don’t forget about travelling to breathtaking London and mysterious Scotland from here. In Manchester I firstly met bright national identity and a very vivid and strong national spirit which was new for me. 

What are you most enjoying about your course?

One of the most enjoyable parts of the course is that I am taught by the outstanding lectures who are willing to help and who are recognized scholars in their fields of study. My course puts me in one of the largest schools of chemistry with many students from different cultures and courtiers sharing the same passion for chemistry. One of the brightest advantages is that everyone here from the very first lecturer to the very last student are passionate about chemistry and are able to excite about chemical science everyone here! My course is very flexible. I can change my course even in the second year. I use great labs and get invaluable practical skills of chemical experiments. A wide range of online resources carefully designed to control my education process helps me to keep up-to-date with my studies and enables me to do guided advanced reading and further research. On-line learning also provides me with explanatory feedback that not only gives sample answers, but shows the steps of how I should tackle problems in my examinations

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

Studying in Manchester University makes me an independent learner and skilled experimental scientist. Here I learned how to manage my time effectively to cover not only University activities but also for a wide range of extracurricular activities in my daily life like language courses or sports. Specific course of Practical Chemistry allowed me to behave independently in Chemistry Labs and introduced me to the experimental procedures and experimental techniques used by modern chemists. As a consequence, I learned how to do research quickly and effectively enough to produce good lab reports every week. The University of Manchester cares about every student and you can see it in a real time. When picking up Modules from different Schools and Departments your lecture times and times needed to change the lecture theatres are taken into consideration, which results into a personalized timetable!

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

In The University of Manchester I feel that I am supported by lots of people: students, PASS leaders, university staff. I get access to one of the largest student libraries. I am a part of a vibrant student community that never sleeps! I study in the city where The Industrial Revolution started, and where the atom was discovered. Manchester for me is a place that makes me feel like I am a part of this great history. Chemistry in Manchester was always strong and Chemistry degrees are recognised worldwide. It is necessary to mention that Manchester University has invested in state-of-art facilities and I get access to wonderful labs with NMR machines just for undergraduate students. I belong to the second largest School of Chemistry and the largest student community in Europe which means that I study at The University that is already experienced in excellently solving problems typical for student. Here everything depends on you which is an unarguable advantage. You learn how to manage your time and study process. 

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

Be very positive about The School of Chemistry and The University of Manchester.  Make use of The University Open Days and ask as many questions there as you can. These Open Days are made for you to make you feel if you love this place and if you want to study here. For my course A-level biology is generally useful and helps to cope with Biochemistry Modules easily. Maths A-level and Physics will provide you with basic mathematical knowledge for Physical Chemistry Modules and Math Modules as well. In general, try to enjoy your university life and play hard and work hard. Make sure you know how to make yourself study and acquire basic time management skills. Do not forget to go to the numerous libraries and the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons which are great places to study with free computers to use. When my laptop broke down, I greatly appreciated this opportunity to work in the library. Do research on university societies and university facilities like free IT personal device help or student services. And don’t forget that it always raining in Manchester so harden your cold resistance and put wellies and raincoats on top of your to-buy list!

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