The programme is structured around a solid core comprised of the three main analytical techniques – Mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Each of these techniques contains a number of key common themes (data collection, analysis and management). Supporting modules feature further analytical techniques and serve to embed themes of GLP, facility management and enterprise into the programme.
A group analytical project develops interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team and will be the first opportunity for students to independently fully exercise some of the components of the course taught in the first semester. The integral research project provides an opportunity to explore any of the main themes directly or as part of a collaborative synthetic/analytical investigation.
I have always loved science and I have always been interested in chemistry. It is a way of understanding how our world works, what the hazards of some substances are and many of the principles can be applied to improve people’s quality of life.
My experience at the University of Southampton and in particular my summer project definitely added value to my career and therefore allowed me to be considered for several positions.
I sent the application to several universities and I received offers from all of them. In the end I chose University of Southampton because of its great reputation and because it has high teaching standards.
Highfield is a great campus. It has all the facilities a student might need. Therefore being located at Highfield was great and I really enjoyed my time there. I was really impressed by the relationship between staff and students. I realised the staff were incredibly kind and available for questions, further meetings or workshops. Moreover, at the University of Southampton there are a lot of international students. This made me feel at home somehow and I was less scared of being regarded as an outsider.
My experience at the University of Southampton and in particular my summer project definitely added value to my career and therefore allowed me to be considered for several positions. I strongly think that my summer project helped me to strengthen my knowledge and clarify what I wanted to do in the future. Working in the lab with professionals and contributing to a scientific project also made me increase my passion in that field.
I am proud that I went to study abroad. In Italy, students like me usually decide to continue their career there, but I had an experience as an intern in Switzerland and I really enjoyed it. I thought: ‘’why not to start a masters abroad?’’ and I did. I had no fear and I wanted to change my life. I knew it would be a great experience and it really was.
To new students, I would suggest taking advantage of all the opportunities the University offers. There are a lot of fairs where students can meet their future employers and have a chat to start designing their future. I found this very helpful. All you need is to believe in what you are doing. Being a scientist might be frustrating sometimes, but patience and determination are the keys to achieve any goal.
Α multitude of factors led me to choose Southampton for my masters degree; the most important being that the structure of the MSc Analytical Chemistry is unique and was exactly what I was looking for. Equally important was the strict admissions process, which made me feel confident about the high standards of the course.
Being located at Highfield was a joy; Hartley Library is there as well as most of the faculties. This made it easier to meet with friends over the course of the day, or to make new ones. Highfield campus can be easily reached by bus and is the heart of the University, where interesting events take place on an almost daily basis!
What I enjoyed most about my degree was being able to obtain practical, hands-on experience using state-of-the-art equipment while being trained on the prevalent modern analytical techniques. However, it was the opportunity to work with inspiring individuals, passionate about what they do and willing to disseminate their knowledge that made my experience truly unique.
Volunteering was a new experience I had the pleasure to go through while studying at the University of the Southampton. Among other activities I took part in the “Educating Global Citizens” Research Symposium and assumed the roles of Session Chair and Member of the Judging Committee. It was a novel and fun experience that gave me the chance to expand my horizons and go out of my comfort zone. Overall, being a part of it was extremely rewarding.
I feel extremely confident about the future. The entire experience at Southampton gave me the chance to emancipate myself and take charge of my life. I feel I have been given the tools to achieve anything I set my mind to! I am also extremely grateful to the Onassis Foundation for awarding me a prestigious scholarship in order to study instrumental analytical chemistry in Southampton.
I would advise them to be as organised and prepared as they can, because time flies by and Southampton has endless opportunities to offer, both in the lecture theatres and outside of them, be it in the form of career fairs, volunteering initiatives or even meeting people from all around the world.
At least an upper second class honours degree in Chemistry, or a closely related subject. The degree must have had a minimum Chemistry content of 50%. Closely related subjects are: biochemistry, physics, polymer science, environmental sciences, material science, mathematics. Non-UK applicants will usually have completed 4 years or more in higher education.
03 January 2017
Recipient: University of Southampton
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