Alumni Tracy Chan

Tsz Ling Tracy Chan earned her MSc in Chemistry with Distinction at The University of Manchester’s School of Chemistry in 2012. Today, she is studying towards her PhD at The University of Hong Kong, which she will complete by August 2017. Here, Tracy shares some of the reasons she chose this course, and how she feels the qualification benefits her now and will continue to do so in the future.

What does your current research involve?

My research involves the development and synthesis of certain photosensitizing molecules for optoelectronic applications. I use different techniques to try and synthesise and characterise my target molecules.

What do you most enjoy about your current role?

I enjoy the process of synthesis as the work is quite challenging and I can learn by trial and error.

I also enjoy how my research allows me to build relationships with different people, as I can learn from their experiences.

Why did you decide to stay in higher education after completing your MSc degree?

The main reason is I simply love chemistry! Doing a PhD provides me with an opportunity to expand my learning, and it’s also a great way to expand my personal horizons and get out of my comfort zones.

I hope that completing my PhD will also give me an advantage when it comes to establishing my career and making professional connections in research.

Why did you pick The University of Manchester?

The University of Manchester is one of the prestigious Russell Group of Universities, and has many of the latest facilities I needed for my research.

I also chose the university because of the city. The living costs in Manchester are affordable and I wanted the buzz of city life without the excessive cost.

What attracted you to the course you chose?

I chose this course because it acted as a preparation for PhD studies. I wanted to broaden my research experience before I began my PhD. 

How did you find the teaching on this course?

The lecturers are very engaging and hold all of our attention. They also encourage everyone to ask questions.

I also liked how our lecturers were always available either on email or face-to-face to discuss anything.  

What did you most enjoy about your course?

Honestly, I really enjoyed everything about the course. The lectures are well-organised, and there are good explanations of materials and assignments.

I met and made a lot of new friends during my time on the course as we worked together and shared our knowledge.

Embrace your course with vigour and vivacity, rise to new challenges and do not be disheartened in the face of failure.

What did you most enjoy about living and studying in Manchester?

Everything is affordable and I could find everything I needed in the city centre, which I lived close to.

How did you fund your MSc, and do you believe it to have been a worthwhile investment?

My parents funded my MSc tuition fees. I believe that it has been a worthwhile investment since The University of Manchester is a global and world-leading university, and it only took me a year to finish my MSc degree.

What skills/knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in your current role?

It provides essential skills in the characterisation of materials by spectroscopic, structural and analytical techniques. This has given me in-depth research experience for my further PhD studies.

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

I would say, “Enjoy yourself!” Embrace your course with vigour and vivacity, rise to new challenges and do not be disheartened in the face of failure.

What do you hope to be doing and achieving in 10 years’ time?

Ten years from now, I will master my profession within this area and become a talent in my field by enhancing my professionalism while learning new skills, meeting different people and integrating new methods to my work.

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