Monique Henson

In Manchester you get the vibrancy and the opportunity of a large city, combined with a friendly atmosphere that means you always feel at home.

Choosing Manchester

I've always had a keen interest in science and mathematics, but my particular interest in physics was developed in a GCSE Astronomy course I took after school. The University of Manchester appealed to me because of its strong academic reputation and also its large physics department. Studying in a large department, you can always find an expert in your area of interest.

About the course

My favourite part of the course so far has been a second year programming project. The project was open ended, so my partner and I chose the direction of the project according to our interests.

The course has a strong emphasis on laboratory work, even on the theoretical stream, which has enabled me to develop good teamwork and communication skills. This is further strengthened by group projects in first and second year.

Student life

University is probably the best opportunity to try something new – whether it's a sport, charity work or arts and crafts. Societies are incredibly welcoming, and often the activities they offer are discounted, so even if you’re terrified, have a go!

In Manchester you get the vibrancy and the opportunity of a large city, combined with a friendly atmosphere that means you always feel at home. For me the selling point of the city has to be the broad range of live music on show; regardless of your chosen genre, you will always find something you like. As the Students' Union alone hosts four music venues, concerts are practically on your doorstep.

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