PhD in Biomedical and Life Sciences
I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology at Manchester Metropolitan University with an emphasis on physiology. This was followed by a scholarship for a Master’s degree in Molecular Medicine at Cranfield University with an emphasis on biotechnology.
During my time here I have taken up in interest in pool and have since joined the graduate team. I have past experience in martial arts and recently have been trying out Jiu-Jitsu and enjoy the fast thinking strategical nature of it. I often go mountain walking in the Lake District with friends and try to swim on a daily basis every morning before I start work.
I decided to come to Lancaster University because not only is it extremely strong in the field of neurodegeneration, but also because it is a very short commute from my home town, making it the perfect place to conduct my PhD. The campus here is the best I have ever been to; having everything you need at your fingertips and regular public transport to the town centre. The main thing for me that makes the best part of being here at Lancaster is the people!
Having an MSc and especially a PhD really stands you out from competitors who may only have an undergraduate degree. When you conduct a PhD you learn interdisciplinary skills which can applied to many career paths, such as organisational and networking skills. For my career interests having a PhD under my belt is in most cases a prerequisite, such as research, lecturing and liaising positions.
PhD in Biomedical and Life Sciences
I undertook Biomedicine in Lancaster University as my undergraduate degree.
I chose Lancaster, as it was one of the strongest universities in UK, and is surrounded with the most incredible nature, mountains and lakes. I am an active person, like hiking and going on walks in the Lake District, thus Lancaster was perfect for me. It's a cosy environment with the Lake District being 30min away. Everything on campus is close and maximum 10 minutes away. Plenty of places to have lunch and go on little adventures at duck pond and wooden trail.
Courses are challenging and engaging, composed in the way that people could use all their potential in theoretical and practical learning. Majority of lecturers in BLS are research active, thus all lectures are up to date and relevant to newest advances. You will have the overall knowledge on variety of modules and disciplines, as well as plenty of practical skills acquired in laboratory practicals.
Niklas Philipp Reich
MSc in Biomedicine
Most of my life was spent in Germany, where I went to school and completed my Bachelor's studies in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. A practical semester was a compulsory element of the course, along with my thesis in the field of sterile filtration of vaccines. My time in the industry was worth a lot, as it deviated majorly from everything I had learned so far: I was treated as an equal, with colleagues depending on the field-specific knowledge I had acquired that time. I highly recommend at least a short stay in working realms for anyone willing to become more self-reliant, wishing to improve.
After graduating I found that, despite liking my undergraduate, I wanted to see more of the world and not keep traveling to the same place I had stayed for over 6 years. As I was quite fond of the English language, I specifically looked for interesting courses. Here in Lancaster, I have come across it: A course that only consists of modules of my liking. My mindset was modest: if I have to take a room anyways, why not choosing another country, a new culture and the possibility to broaden experiences?
By doing my MSc here at Lancaster, I noticed a vast difference of the teaching style in comparison to my undergraduate in Germany. While having a noticeably stronger focus on coursework in the UK, it provides an opportunity to practice the skill of scientific writing, which was rather weakly pronounced in the more lecture-based education I had received. In addition, the network build and proximity to interesting research of our professors has majorly influenced my research interests, helping to decide what field I want to carry on in further PhD study.
Here at Lancaster, I am taking the role as course Rep of Biomedicine and, simultaneously, represent all FHM postgraduates as Faculty Rep. In a nutshell, I collect feedback from both students and other Reps to bring up and discuss further on Faculty level. As such, I am also in the position to raise awareness, initiating changes of unsatisfactory educational practices, the courses themselves or any other university-related issues.
Personally, my greatest hobby is cooking, with me being in the kitchen almost daily since the age of 16. That aside, I enjoy cycling as well as weight lifting, complementing my cooking efforts very well.