This course is an intense undertaking. I saw being a full time student as akin to having a job and put in at least 40 hours a week including lectures, research and independent study.
How did you decide on your degree choice? What appealed about Manchester?
I had been to Manchester before, felt comfortable with the city and was particularly drawn to the high calibre of education provided here. I was looking for a degree programme which was geared toward pure mathematics and looking at the modules provided, this programme seemed the perfect choice.
What were your first impressions of the University and the city?
I absolutely fell in love with Manchester when I arrived. I loved the dynamic pace of the city, the easy access to resources and the close proximity to railway stations and the airport. The student friendly atmosphere also gives the city a welcoming and inviting feel. I could see myself making a home here whilst completing my degree.
What are you most enjoying about your course?
I have most enjoyed the freedom to explore Manchester, whilst still maintaining a consistent effort with my studies. It has been a pleasure to work with the professors and the brilliant minds that I have been privileged to study with.
What skills and attributes do you think you have gained from your course and co-curricular activities so far?
Academically, I have broadened my knowledge base in mathematics. However, this degree has provided me with more than just the taught material. I have learnt to become more independent in my studies, and have become accustomed to learning new concepts and ideas from literature published in the field.
I have learnt how to manage my time more effectively, and how to balance the different tasks I've been set in my modules with the research aspect of the degree. Whilst completing my studies, I was an active member of the University's recreational swimming squad, practising twice a week and in addition, attending twice weekly Muay Thai classes at the local gym. Participating in so much sport has helped me achieve a work life balance that was beneficial in terms of stress management and my overall wellbeing.
How do you think you are benefitting from studying at Manchester?
I have earned a highly distinguished masters degree from a reputable university. I think the job benefits that may come from this will put me at an advantage in comparison with graduates who have attained just bachelor degrees. I feel that most of all I have gained a sense of independent learning from the course's research component, I also feel confident in my ability to understand new concepts.
What advice would you give to students considering applying for the same course that you took?
This course is an intense undertaking. I saw being a full time student as akin to having a job and put in at least 40 hours a week including lectures, research and independent study. Despite this, I have maintained a high level of activity through sport, as well as making time to spend with friends.
Overall, I have enjoyed the experience. However, I would advise any student considering Manchester to understand that this degree is a serious commitment, and even with the taught component it is more intense than an undergraduate degree.
I think the best advice I could give the prospective student is to know what area of research they would like to do before arriving. Research the supervisors carefully so you choose the area best suited to you, with an advisor who you feel that you can work well with.