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Biological Sciences

Isabel King BSc Biochemistry, 2016

Graduate

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I carried out a lot of research before settling on Southampton, including visits to several other universities. Southampton stood out because I was impressed by the atmosphere and the facilities available in the modern Life Sciences building. The course content was also a deciding factor as it presented a flexible pathway that suited my ambitions. I chose Biochemistry as I have always had a keen interest in the sciences and the finer details of biological processes and I also enjoy problem solving.

The many transferable skills I have gained from studying Biochemistry at Southampton have enabled me to secure a graduate position at the professional services organisation PWC.

The teaching staff are of the highest quality and are very often leading research in their field, so lectures frequently contain recent research breakthroughs, however they are also approachable and easily accessible. The dedication of teaching and support staff, access to resources, friendly campus and location all add to the Southampton experience.

The state of the art equipment in the Life Sciences building made for an excellent experience when working in the labs during both my dissertation and my first and second year practicals. There is also a wide array of other online resources available to students including lecture materials, textbooks and forums, all of which are a great help when it comes to studying. The library at Southampton is open 24 hours a day, meaning that the large collection of books is accessible any time and the library team are very responsive to your needs.

My dissertation was the most satisfying piece of work I have done; I was excited to be using the equipment available in the Life Sciences building to contribute to a live research programme looking at the movement of proteins in the body. The research involved enhancing the sensitivity of known techniques and could be used to give vital information on drug binding in the future. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and the contribution I made to a relevant piece of research.

 

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