One of the main skills I have gained has been time management. I've learnt that time spent outside of lectures is just as important as the time spent in them.
How did you decide on your degree choice? What appealed about Manchester?
I was interested in Mathematics from an early age, and to study the subject at university seemed like a natural step when I realised A-Level maths only scratched the surface of such an in depth area.
The city and the campus both appealed to me; however, one of the deciding factors was the new mathematics building. It has a great atmosphere and is an excellent place to study and socialise.
What were your first impressions of the University and the city?
At first I was a little overwhelmed by the sheer size of the city. However, after exploring the centre I realised there are lots of small, diverse areas of Manchester, such as the Northern Quarter which is great for buying music or vintage clothing.
What are you most enjoying about your course?
I've liked the freedom of choice the MMath gave when selecting third and fourth year units. Since I enjoy both applied mathematics and statistics, the MMath gave me the chance to explore both those areas, and it was interesting to see some of the cross over between the two as I progressed.
One of the most exciting things about the Mathematics department at Manchester is that you are being taught by lecturers who are experts within their fields. The enthusiasm for the material being taught really comes through in the teaching, and questions to do with a lecturer’s research material are always welcome.
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 gained has been time management. I've learnt that time spent outside of lectures is just as important as the time spent in them. Learning how to make the most of my free time has helped me hone in on areas where I am struggling academically.
What advice would you give to students considering applying for the same course that you took?
The MMath degree is a great opportunity to try out different areas of maths and get a flavour of what to specialise in. In the final year you are given the opportunity to undertake a research project of your choice led by a supervisor. This gives you the chance to get an idea of academic research and is a great stepping stone for anyone considering post-graduate studies. I found the project very rewarding and it allows you to learn about new areas of mathematics which wouldn't otherwise be taught in an undergraduate degree.
Overall I think Manchester is a fantastic place to study. There are lots of opportunities to get involved in the social aspects of the department, and most importantly the course is very interesting and stimulating for anyone with a keen interest in mathematics.