I am intrigued by the fact that we are trying to understand an unknown form of substance called 'dark matter', and working on big questions; such as what the universe is made of, how it looked in its early stages, and how it will look a billion years from now.
After I finished high school, I studied physics at the University of Cyprus. With the completion of my undergraduate studies, I came to the UK to pursue my dream of becoming an Astrophysicist.
After my Astronomy and Astrophysics MSc, I decided to stay at Manchester for my PhD.
Studying for a PhD
I am currently involved with the Super-cluster Assisted Shear Survey. SUPERCLASS is a very ambitious project aiming to exploit the effect of gravitational lensing to map the dark matter distribution in a part of the universe and constrain dark energy.
My engagement with the project involves making the images of the galaxies, accurately measuring their shapes, and performing a statistical analysis.
I am intrigued by the fact that we are trying to understand an unknown form of substance called ‘dark matter’, and working on big questions; such as what the universe is made of, how it looked in its early stages, and how it will look a billion years from now.
I like that this field of study involves going on trips around the world and collaborating with some incredibly bright people. People are always really interested when they hear what I am studying, too.
My MSc by Research
Here at Manchester, I got my first glimpse of what research is all about. During my masters, I attended conferences such as NAM and the first ever Anomalous Microwave Emission workshop. I loved the fact that I got to use data collected by a telescope thousands of miles away from where I am, at a cold and remote area in Chile. I also got to visit one of the most historic telescopes in the world, the Lovell.
Doing the MSc helped me in many ways; particularly in that the units were in a specialised area of physics, which is essential for someone wanting to pursue a career in astrophysics. I learned a number of programming languages like IDL and FORTRAN, and I learned how to generate solutions to problems in my project.
Thinking of choosing Physics at Manchester?
Doing an MSc by Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics is not trivial; it will require a lot of your time and effort. That said, the end result is most rewarding.
The working environment is great, and you'll get to make friends from all around the world.
Finally, you get to improve your knowledge about our universe and maybe help the world unravel one of its hidden secrets.