Wherever you study, physics requires discipline and enthusiasm, but the friendly, inclusive relationship between the staff and students here has defined university for me.
Manchester is vibrant. It's impossible to be bored here - as a discipline, Physics is exactly the same. The support and consideration from staff at every level affords students any opportunity they seek. An excellent summer placement program offers enthusiastic students real research projects; I worked on data analysis for the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider and have developed this work into a final year masters project. A few friends of mine have worked at CERN; others have enjoyed the charms of Berlin and Hamburg, working at DESY. It's the passion and tenacity of the students and lecturers which makes placements like this possible. It really sets Manchester physics apart. Work hard and the department will work hard for you.
The university careers service here can't stop winning awards, and they're well deserved. Physics attracts such a lovely variety of highly competent, interesting people, and employers know about it. The careers service has helped friends of mine secure summer placements and post-graduate jobs at places like IBM, RBS, GCHQ, Jaguar Land Rover... the list goes on. If you want your pick of top graduate employers, Manchester's there for you.
In my third year I studied abroad at the University of California San Diego. We have a whole department dedicated to helping students study abroad. The professors there are so keen to get their students interested in Physics and the style of the course is dictated by the interests and whims of the lecturer - it's a fast paced and dynamic system, with a more theoretical focus than home. Make it work for you academically and the rewards that'll come in your free time cannot be beaten: A beach ten minutes walk from your lecture hall and clear blue skies all year round? Manchester make it easy for you - if you want a proper adventure, go abroad. Work hard. Make friends. But come back. You'll miss this place.
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Wherever you study, physics requires discipline and enthusiasm, but the friendly, inclusive relationship between the staff and students here has defined university for me. It's great to feel thoroughly supported in such a huge university. You feel like part of something big here. It's infectious. Come and learn physics; It's made me happy.