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Amy Johnston MChem Chemistry with Research placement abroad*, 2015

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When I saw Southampton offered Chemistry with the opportunity to study abroad for 6 months I knew I had to attend an open day, and I could see myself studying here from the second I stepped on campus. The department’s great reputation and the mix of a campus environment without living on top of the academic buildings was just what I wanted. From day one the experience I have had has further confirmed I made the right choice. The combination of the range of content, from both core and optional material, paired with the time you get in a lab environment as an undergraduate really gives you a well-rounded knowledge of the subject. I felt totally confident with my academic ability when leaving department for my placement at the Institute de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona. I am just about to finish my placement, which has been a fantastic experience, something I could have only dreamed of when starting my degree.

 

*Formerly MChem Chemistry with six-month placement

The combination of the range of content, from both core and optional material, paired with the time you get in a lab environment as an undergraduate really gives you a well-rounded knowledge of the subject.

There are so many ways to improve your skills outside lectures offered by the department. I had the opportunity to take part in the organic chemistry summer school in the summer of my 2nd year, which was a great insight into industry. I also volunteered at outreach events and have helped on UCAS visit days giving tours of the University. 

I have also been an active member of ChemSoc as an events rep in my 3rd and 4th year. This gives the opportunity for socialising with a range of students from other years, and we host regular events from careers talks to the highlight of the year, ChemSoc Summer Ball.

Studying Chemistry at Southampton was the best choice I could have made. The top class lecturing by members of staff who are always willing to help, even during their tea break in the infamous common room, gives the department a friendly atmosphere which has made my experience here nothing but positive. I know that whatever I decide to do once I graduate Southampton has provided the skills I’ll need.

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