Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth Brown

I was surprised when I first arrived at just how student friendly a city Manchester is. Coming from a small town, I really had to adjust to living in a busy city, but everyone was so friendly that I soon settled in

The decision to study Physics was an easy one, because I found the subject simply fascinating at A level. I’d always aspired to be involved in some sort of scientific research and I knew that a Physics degree would teach me all the skills I would need to achieve this.

Choosing Manchester

Manchester was always my first choice university because of its outstanding reputation, and I think that is reflected in the department’s entry requirements. When I first arrived at the university, I realised that I’d made the right decision.

Student life

Manchester is a diverse place and there’s always plenty to do in the city. I was surprised when I first arrived at just how student friendly a city Manchester is. Coming from a small town, I really had to adjust to living in a busy city, but everyone was so friendly that I soon settled in.

About the course

There is such a large variety of lecture courses that you can take. I’ve found that I have enjoyed certain areas of physics that I’d never really considered before I came to university. I find that I have particularly enjoyed the laboratory courses each year. Working with a partner in the lab has really helped develop my communication and teamwork skills. Over the summer, I worked on a project in the university’s Photon Science Institute for ten weeks. This was an amazing experience and really gave me an insight into the world of scientific research.

Over the last four years, my knowledge of physics has definitely increased. That aside, studying Physics has definitely improved my analytical and problem solving skills. The Physics course demands a large amount of my time and because of this, I have had to become better at managing my time so that I can enjoy university life as well as study. 

The department itself is large and there are experts in every area of Physics working here. However, the staff are still extremely approachable and I can always ask lecturers for help if I don’t understand things.

Thinking of choosing Physics at Manchester?

I have loved studying Physics at Manchester and I would definitely encourage others to apply here. The course itself is not easy, and studying Physics at degree level is challenging. However, if you are willing to put the effort in and work hard, you will succeed and the staff here will do their utmost to help you do well. I have found studying Physics at Manchester extremely satisfying and it’s amazing when I look back over my time here and realise how much I have learnt.

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