Chemical Biologist Daniel was motivated to work even harder

PGT Scholar Daniel

PGT Scholar Daniel

Daniel is currently studying MSc Chemical Biology. His Postgraduate Taught Scholarship has allowed him to study in Cardiff’s world-leading facilities.

Can you tell us a little bit about the programme in your own words?

“The MSc in Chemical Biology is basically divided in two parts: a two pure theoretical semesters followed by a summer semester where you will work in the lab to do your dissertation. The study environment is very positive and motivating: lectures try to do their classes interesting and enjoyable, and at the same time my class mates are curious, active, hard-working people who I can share a lot of ideas with.”

What did the Postgraduate Taught Scholarship mean to you?

“The postgraduate taught scholarship has gave me the opportunity to be more focus in the programme, letting me get the most of my Masters. Getting this scholarship has been very important for me since I am a self-funding EU student but, at the same time, has motivated me to work ever harder along the semester.”

Have you been able to secure funding from other places, how else are you supporting your studies?

“Unfortunately, so far I could not have found any other funding source for my Masters. I used the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding but there were no other programmes that I could apply for. I am planning to find a part-time job in the summer semester, while I am working in my dissertation.”

What were your motivations for undertaking a postgraduate degree?

“My motivations to study this programme are, on the one hand, to be able learn more about the molecular world but from a chemical perspective, a challenge for me that will let me analysed and solve problems from both a biological and chemical point of view. On the other hand, attending for this Masters will give me a great opportunity to access to either a PhD programme or a job in the industry.”

Why did you decide to do your postgraduate degree at Cardiff?

“There were two main reasons why I chose Cardiff University to do my masters: the first one was that Cardiff University is an internationally-recognised institution, member of the Russell group, where I knew I was going to learn the cutting edge techniques in my field and, at the same time, be able to meet researchers and colleges from around the world to share with ideas, interests and working experience.
“The second reason was the syllabus of my programme: although there were similar masters in other top universities in the UK, I finally chose Cardiff University for having the most attractive syllabus, with different courses covering all the possible aspects of Chemical Biology and giving the whole picture, rather than focusing in just a few specifics aspects as in other programmes from other universities I checked.”

Is there anything about your postgraduate course that has stood out in your experience?

“One of the first things I did when I came to Cardiff University was to join the Hiking and Rambling Society of the University. Not only is the best way to do some exercise around nature, but a perfect excuse to socialise and meet a lot of new people!”

What do you think of Cardiff as a place to live as a postgraduate?

“Cardiff is a nice city, perfect for international students: not very expensive, big enough to do new things every week but, at the same time, with a compact, manageable centre, where you can  find anything you need. At the same, the university atmosphere around the campus is very pleasant.”

How do you think your postgraduate course will contribute to your future career plans?

“In my opinion, studing at Cardiff University will give me a great chance to get a job in my subject not only in the UK, but in any country of the world, since this gives me international experience from a world recognised university, something that employers value very much.”

Has studying for a postgraduate degree at Cardiff University lived up to your expectations?

“Although there are things that can always be improved (mine is a new Master degree), so far I am quite happy with the programme: lectures are always very pleased to help and I am learning a lot about the molecular world from a completely different point of view, which is what I was really looking for by coming to Cardiff University.”

What are your biggest achievements as a postgraduate student at Cardiff University so far?

“I think it is too early to talk about important achievements, but I am especially proud of being one of the student´s representatives of my Masters, which gives me the opportunity to be actively involved in the improvement of my programme.”

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