Read our student profiles to find out more about what it is really like to study at Lancaster University. This is what they had to say...
Alozie Alaoma – MSc Environmental and Biochemical Toxicology
“I opted for LEC on account of the programme itself and the reputation LEC wields in environmental studies. My background is in biochemistry and when I found out that LEC offered Environmental and Biochemical Toxicology, I was convinced that I had found the right programme. I wanted to be exposed to both biochemical and environmental courses which would give me an ample edge to others who major either in environmental or biochemical toxicology. I was able to choose a set of interesting and challenging modules which I have enjoyed doing because of their laboratory orientation. The practical sessions have also afforded me opportunities to work with state-of-the art facilities. Next I hope to pursue a PhD programme to enrich my knowledge and make me ripe for the career I would like to pursue. The MSc has been challenging, progressing and fulfilling.”
John Browning – MSc Volcanology and Geological Hazards
“Lancaster Environment Centre has one of the largest groups of Volcanologists in the country, carrying out world leading, cutting edge research. Upon meeting Dr Hugh Tuffen (MSc course director) for the first time, I was blown away by his enthusiasm for the subject and also by the depth of volcanology research that Lancaster conducts.
For me, some of the many highlights of studying for an MSc in Volcanology and Geological Hazards were attending field courses in the Lake District and at Mt Etna in Sicily, as well as undertaking exciting and novel research, whilst being given guidance and inspiration from supervisors who are leaders in their field. During my research, I utilized the thermal laboratory at Lancaster Environment Centre to try to understand more about the processes of bubble growth in magma. I presented the findings from my final research project at the 2013 Volcanic and Magmatic Studies group meeting and was awarded the Geoff Brown prize for best student poster.
I am now undertaking a PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London which aims to contribute to our understanding of how volcanoes collapse. I am sure that the training received and skills learnt at Lancaster University greatly enhanced my application for PhD programmes and equipped me well for my on-going research.”
Julie Anna-Lize Terry – MSc Ecology and Conservation
“Lancaster was my first choice due to the reputation of the Lancaster Environment Centre, and the flexibility of the programme. The choice of modules is great as you can tailor your Masters to your interests, and I’ve been able to focus on water pollution and processes. The field visits have been the most enjoyable part for me, and the one-week field course on Catchment Protection in the Eden Valley was intensive, but really valuable. As a mature student, studying at postgraduate level has been challenging at times, but I was able to change to part-time so that I could still work, and I’m definitely making the most of my course. I recently returned from a five-month Erasmus exchange programme in The Netherlands where I completed two of my optional modules. I’m now finishing my dissertation project as a student volunteer for The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology at Wallingford, working in the field and in the laboratory on the flow cytometer. For me though, the best part is that the Student Employability Manager at Lancaster has just helped me organise a paid internship at The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in New Zealand to follow on from my MSc this year.”
Nkechi Ukpaka – MSc Environmental Science and Technology
“The reputation of LEC was what attracted me at first and secondly was the thought of having practical and lab work alongside lecture modules. Interestingly, I was able to improve my writing and presentation skills and gain some training especially in GIS. I loved the team building session because it helped build my relationship with my classmates outside the lecture rooms. I have certainly gained a lot from LEC, not just the knowledge in the classroom but also the relationships, the advice and the career sessions. Staff were also very willing to assist whenever the need arose. Although at first it felt intensive and I felt bombarded with loads of work, it has helped me plan better, manage my time more effectively and be more proactive. I would certainly use the knowledge and experience gained here in the workplace after graduation and I look forward to studying for a PhD afterwards.”