I loved that the campus was all in one location. It made that transition to uni life much easier, as I didn’t have to trek across a city I didn’t know to get to lectures. The variety in modules also meant that, whatever course I ended up doing, I knew I was going to get to experience all of physics.
The integrated Master's gave me the opportunity to do an individual research project, where I worked alongside one of the active academics and the university. This gave me an insight into what a life in professional physics could entail, as well as allowing me to apply everything I have learnt over the four years to a real-world problem.
The support structure was beyond expectation. There was a lot of levels to it, which made it very approachable and easy to access. In your first year, you are given the opportunity to have a peer mentor, a student in one of the higher stages to advise you. Alongside this, you have your academic advisor, your first port of call if you need any help and don’t know where to go. Then you have the individual departments within the university to help you with different problems, like wellbeing, careers advice and academic difficulties.
My final year research project Determining the CO Dark Gas Fraction looked at the different abundance ratios of molecules in molecular clouds to better determine their properties.
It really did. I knew I wanted to go down the astrophysics route but the other modules outside of that made the course continuously interesting.
I have certainly become a more confident person here. Doing my course alongside meeting new people at university has allowed me to really understand my own passions and motivations, giving me a lot of self-confidence.
I couldn’t recommend it more. It’s a fantastic place to be, to both study and live. All the services available make it really easy to be successful.