Robyn Burge

What I have enjoyed most about my course is the opportunity to study abroad. I went to Singapore for a semester in 2nd year and it was one of the best parts of my degree. It was a different world compared to Manchester and I got the opportunity to travel around SE Asia after my exams!

Choosing Manchester

I initially came to the Manchester open day to look at Mathematics. While visiting I sat in on the Physics talk, and decided the variety of topics and practical applications offered by Physics was more appealing. I wanted to study a broad variety of subjects and so decided to apply for joint honours Physics/Philosophy, and it has proved to be really varied!

The fact that Manchester is a large city with a lot going on was an important factor, but crucially I was looking for a university with good international contacts, and opportunities to study abroad.

My first impressions of the university were how busy campus was and how much there was to get involved in. There's so much to cram in I definitely remember thinking that by the end of my degree I would not have seen everything I wanted to in Manchester.

About the course

In terms of my course, I am enjoying the opportunity to specialise. The physics modules I am taking tie in with my practical project, and the philosophy options keep my studies varied, which I really enjoy.

What I have enjoyed most about my course is the opportunity to study abroad. I went to Singapore for a semester in 2nd year and it was one of the best parts of my degree. It was a different world compared to Manchester and I got the opportunity to travel around SE Asia after my exams!

Physics has definitely taught me how to persevere with a problem that seems impossible; the tutorial and example sheets can be difficult but it's great when you have a breakthrough. Studying Philosophy and handing in essays has helped me develop writing skills which makes the lab reports seem less daunting. Lab modules have been interesting and often directly relate to the concepts you are learning in lectures.

Student Life

I've played netball in the campus league since I started 1st year, and captained the team in my 3rd year which I really enjoyed! I also took a Russian course in first year, have recently signed up for the hiking society and swim at the Aquatics pool regularly. I also work part time at the SU so between my course, sports and job have quite a mix of things going on at uni.

Thinking of choosing Physics at Manchester?

Physics at Manchester has a great reputation which I think is great for any job applications I make, or any future study I may do. A huge benefit to studying at Manchester is the size of the university and as a result the amount of opportunities there are.

Physics at Manchester is rigorous but well supported. You feel as though you are being stretched whilst still being giving guidance. Students considering Physics should look at the module breakdown and teaching methods to see if it suits them.

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