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Maddy Newby BSc Pharmacology

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I was lucky enough to pursue a 4-month placement in one of the university’s research labs over summer in second year. It changed my perspective on further independent study as I am now eager to begin a PhD, which I was previously unsure of.

Why did choose to come and study at Southampton?

The course structure gives many opportunities to pursue different areas of interest while maintaining a core pharmacology theme. Alongside this, the campus itself seemed inviting when visiting on an open day.

What were you anxious about before coming to Southampton?

I was most worried about stepping outside of my comfort zone and moving away from home and making new friends. That was quickly reversed as it was easy to settle in and there were lots of opportunities to meet new people.

Once at Southampton, how were your fears overcome?

The events held by the student union during freshers gave many fantastic opportunities to meet new people and get to know your flat mates.

What is it like studying here?

Much of the student housing is within walking distance to campus, which makes progression into second and third year easy when trying to find a student house.

How do you rate study facilities at the University?

The newly opened Centenary building has provided much more study space, making it easier and comfortable to study in a productive environment.

What have been your Southampton ‘highlights’ (best experiences) so far?

I was lucky enough to pursue a 4-month placement in one of the university’s research labs over summer in second year. It changed my perspective on further independent study as I am now eager to begin a PhD, which I was previously unsure of.

How has your time at Southampton helped you to grow as a person?

My placement has given me transferrable skills which will be useful when applying for Masters and PhD projects and has heightened my confidence. Additionally, it has given me a better perspective on my 3rd year dissertation project and I have a better understanding of the experiments and background required to successfully undertake my project.

What are you enjoying most about your course?

I appreciate the opportunity to choose optional modules aside from core pharmacology modules to pursue interests in other areas.

Do you have the opportunity to study modules outside of your core subject area?

Yes – you can choose additional biological science modules or you can choose to pick up a language or modules within other degree classifications if your interest lies within one of these.

Did you stay in University accommodation?

I stayed in Chamberlain Halls for my first year of university and it was reassuring to know there is 24 hour security that patrol the grounds, as well as 24 hour reception accessibility if you need support.

What is the city of Southampton like to live in?

It is easy to access most busy parts of Southampton using the UniLink buses, which run very frequently. There are clubs found closer to the university, as well as in the centre, which often makes it easier to get home.

Do you have future career/study plans after graduating?

I plan to pursue a PhD following my undergraduate degree.

What one word sums up how you feel about your experiences so far at Southampton?

Brilliant.

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