Matt Garrod

One of the things I enjoy most about the course is discovering how apparently unrelated concepts interlink with each other. From this, I feel that I've gained a better understanding of how the world works in general, not just in physics.

I had always enjoyed subjects such as maths and physics at school, so deciding to study physics at university was a natural progression.

Manchester appealed because of its good reputation and the size of the department, not to mention the fact there are two Nobel prize winners on staff!

About the course

One of the things I enjoy most about the course is discovering how apparently unrelated concepts interlink with each other. From this, I feel that I've gained a better understanding of how the world works in general, not just in physics.

One of my options last semester was a computational physics unit. The final project involved writing code to simulate the transport of neutrons through some slab of material. Similar techniques are used in the medical and nuclear industries and to simulate outcomes in particle accelerators, which means the skills I’m learning now will be applicable in a number of careers.

Studying physics has given me the opportunity to improve my mathematical and computing skills, the ability to think clearly about problems in general, and the independence to tackle difficult tasks by myself.

Student life

Once I got to know my way around, I was struck by how conveniently-placed the University is in relation to accommodation and the city centre. Studying in such a large city also gives you a lot of flexibility in terms of how you balance your work and social life.

Physics Society events give you the opportunity to meet and socialise with the people on your course outside of lectures. Your course mates can be of invaluable help in some situations, since they are generally approaching problems with the same knowledge as you.

In my spare time, I am a member of the Mountaineering Society, which has involved several outdoor climbing trips. Working as a team is important when climbing outdoors, especially as safety is paramount.

Thinking of choosing Physics at Manchester?

Go to the open days and talk to as many of the academics and current students as you can. Think about whether Manchester seems like a place you'd be happy spending the next few years; different people are suited to different environments.

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