For a PhD, your supervisor is very important. You should definitely try to speak to them in person before applying.
How did you decide on your degree choice? What appealed about Manchester?
I had enjoyed my undergraduate studies in maths and thought that I would like to continue my studies further, so doing a PhD was a natural choice. When I visited Manchester I was very impressed by the facilities - the Alan Turing Building, where the mathematics department is located, is a fantastic place to work.
What were your first impressions of the University and the city?
Coming from a campus university at Warwick, Manchester seemed a bit overwhelming at first. However, I think there is more freedom in a city university, and more opportunities.
What are you most enjoying about your course?
I most enjoy the independence of my course. There are very few deadlines and it is really up to you which path your research takes you, with some guidance from your supervisor.
What skills and attributes do you think you have gained from your course and co-curricular activities so far?
One of the main skills I have learnt is being disciplined about my work. Along with the independence you get, there is a great responsibility to use your time productively. I have also been a Coaching Officer at the University Table Tennis Club, involved in coaching sessions at the club and around campus. This has been a thoroughly rewarding experience.
How do you think you are benefitting from studying at Manchester?
I think studying at Manchester and taking advantage of some of the other opportunities here will stand me in good stead when I eventually look for a job, especially since these days good academic results are not always enough to get one.
What advice would you give to students considering applying for the same course that you took?
For a PhD, your supervisor is very important. You should definitely try to speak to them in person before applying. From them speaking about their research, it may then be clear to you that you would really like to study the kinds of problems that this person is working on, or the exact opposite.