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Biochemistry BSc(Hons): What our students say

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Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.

Name: Bozhidar Ivanov
Age: 25
Course: Biochemistry BSc(Hons)
Route to University: Home UK/EU student

"For me, the best thing about Kingston University is its collaborative ethos. The staff are incredibly supportive, which encourages students to be involved and support each other.

I started my degree in biochemistry in 2016 having previously studied and graduated in veterinary medicine in Europe. During the course of my previous studies, I realised that I was most interested in understanding the molecular basis of life in health and disease. Therefore, I decided to pursue a career in biochemistry.

My course is very interactive containing lot of tutorials, workshops and meetings where all students can take an active part in their learning process. Personal tutors provide pastoral support to help not only with academic performance but emotional, psychological and spiritual wellbeing.

I feel very lucky to be part of an institution with so many people willing to invest both time and effort into helping me achieve my goals. I have been extremely involved and driven to make the most of my time at Kingston and can definitely say that through working closely with the staff I have managed to achieve more than I have ever thought possible.

I was able to take part in highly respected university placement programmes in the Netherlands and Germany, and was awarded summer project grants to conduct research at Kingston, as well as in one of the most respected biochemistry labs in the world - Professor Sir Tom Blundell's lab at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge. A large part of my work so far has involved molecular cloning, understanding antimicrobial resistance, protein science, crystallography, bioinformatics and drug discovery. Being able to work in such an atmosphere, surrounded by both state-of-the-art facilities and world-class expertise has been an incredible opportunity.

All my experience in Kingston has put me in an excellent position to apply for my PhD. My time in Kingston has been amazing and knowing that I made the most of it is very rewarding. I would recommend the biochemistry course at Kingston University to any student who seeks a stimulating environment to do pioneering cutting edge science."

 

Name: Natasha Oyibo
Age: 19
Course: Biochemistry BSc(Hons)
Route to University: International student with A-levels

"I am from Nigeria and decided to come to the UK to study because I believe it offers the best education anyone can get.  Everything is fair and square in the universities here, and it's generally a good experience to go to a different country and learn new things.

"Studying to become a biochemist is an interesting and challenging experience.  I have been interested in research and development since high school – now I get to discover new things, make drugs, household products and much more.

"I heard about Kingston University's reputation when I came to this country. The teaching standards are very good, it has all the latest facilities needed for my course and there are lots of extra-curricular activities and societies you can join. The town looked welcoming and I like the way the students interact with each other – it's like a home away from home.

"On the course I have enjoyed the practical sessions, because you get to use all this high-tech equipment and analyse samples.  Some of the classes are very interesting; we are taught so many different things that happen in the human body that we never knew about, you get to know yourself and things around you more. The lecturers are very good at their work; they are clear and easy to understand.

"I think one of the best things about this degree is that I come to classes to study a biology or chemistry-related topic and leave the class every time knowing I have added something extra to my knowledge."

 

Vithiya Balakrishnan

Name: Vithiya Balakrishnan
Age: 23
Course: Medical Biochemistry BSc(Hons) four year sandwich course
Route to University: International student with A-levels

"I come from Sri Lanka and decided to do a degree in the UK because I think the education is very good here.

"I chose this course because I did biology for my A-levels and wanted to continue my studies in this area but didn't want to only do biology.  I enjoy chemistry so I thought a combination of the two subjects would be good.

"I like the structure of the course and the modules and experiments we do. Although the course is Medical Biochemistry, we look at other aspects of biology and do biomedical-related modules, so it's interesting to see how everything fits together.  

"The teaching is good. The lecturers are really helpful – they give valuable feedback on my performance and they can be contacted when you need them. You don't need to get help from outside because the lecturers will give you all the help you need. 

"My one-year placement was really good. I worked for the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline in the bio-analysis department. I think the whole experience has really helped my degree. It has improved my lab skills, my confidence and my communication and writing skills. I was even able to do my final year project while I was on my placement.

"My long-term ambition is to get a lab-based job in a pharmaceutical company so I think the placement, combined with what I have learnt on the course, will really help me achieve this."

 

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