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What our students think

Chemistry at Southampton regularly scores highly in student satisfaction surveys. We are proud of this and invite you to meet some of our current undergraduate and postgraduate students and read their personal thoughts on the department and their current course of study.

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Postgraduate study is a very different experience from undergraduate study – you’re not worrying about exams or lab reports, it’s all about the project, and you get to push forward into entirely new areas

Chris Andrews, 2010 - MChem
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I have recently secured an exciting opportunity to do a sixth month placement at a company at the forefront of liquid crystal technology research.

Matt Baggs - MChem Chemistry with six-month placement, 2013
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The most enjoyable thing about my studies here is the interaction with my research group. It gives me the opportunity to work with a host of interesting, intelligent and inspirational people.

Stuart Bartlett - PhD
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My course is unique and allows me to choose what subjects interest me both from Chemistry and Ocean and Earth Science so I have quite a range of topics to choose from.

Jennifer Clarke - Chemistry with Ocean and Earth Sciences
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My experience at the University of Southampton really has made me a more well-rounded individual, and taught me that the more you put in, the greater the rewards.

Samantha Earl - Master of Natural Sciences (structural and Materials Chemistry with Oceans and Climate), 2014
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Encompassing two different subjects, Natural Sciences is a demanding course, though the chance to be at the interface of overlapping areas is hugely rewarding.

Daniela Goncalves Monteiro - MNatSci Chemical Biology with Biochemistry
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The University has such a good vibe. The Student's Union is very active and organises loads of activities for you to do - whether it is sports you are interested in or learning a new language, Southampton has it all.

Alice Haddleton - BSc Chemistry
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I was really impressed with the attitude to teaching at Southampton; there was a constant focus on improvement and innovation.

Charles Harrison - BSc Chemistry
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I have met friendly, supportive staff and students during my MSc and having these people around makes studying at postgraduate level much easier.

Jake Locke - PhD
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As well as studying for my degree, I have also been given the chance to take part in a number of outreach opportunities, which enables me to present chemistry and science to a wider audience to help improve understanding and involvement.

Christopher Mallinson - MChem Chemistry, 2012
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I’ve had nothing but good experiences here and the staff are always there to help and explain things.

Sarah Martin - BSc Chemistry, 2011
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My experience of life at the University of Southampton has been wholly brilliant. From the introductory lectures providing reassurance and all of the need to know information, to the well-organised and well-prepared practical sessions, life in Chemistry has been nothing shy of excellent.

Michael Moazami - MChem Chemistry, 2014
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Chemistry gives plenty of opportunities to volunteer and get experience in industry.

Stephanie Newland - MChem Chemistry
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To be able to gain industrial experience while still doing the degree was a major influence when deciding to choose this course.

Duncan Parker - MChem Chemistry with six-month placement
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As chemistry PhD projects are often funded by industry, students get an insight into life at work and gain not only science related skills, but also communication, presentation and team work experience.

Barbara Sander - PhD, 2013
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The MChem with Maths course provides a real diversity in teaching styles and module structures.

Alexander Smith - MChem Chemistry with Maths
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I went straight from my undergraduate degree into my PhD, because I knew the department was friendly, how things worked, and that some of the best academics in the country are here.

Jonathon Speed - MChem
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The University offers a great learning environment, especially for masters students who study in the chemistry department.

Danni Sun - Second year
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I was successful in winning a teaching scholarship from the Singapore government and was accepted to Southampton.

Adrian Tay - BSc Chemistry
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Doing a master’s degree or PhD can be really helpful towards your future career.

Pete Yuk Ming Leung - Computational modelling of chemistry
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