Previously obtaining an undergraduate degree in genetics and cell biology, I was looking to find an MSc directed at developing skills in cutting edge cell therapeutics.
The MSc offered at UCL provided a unique opportunity to study in an environment that is at the forefront of developing gene therapy for a broad spectrum of diseases. The course focused on clinical and molecular aspects of cell therapies and also provided modules that are fundamental to developing a career in science, such as statistics and a mandatory laboratory project.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at UCL. The academic and administrative staff were friendly, obliging and dedicated to supporting the students. The class size was small, ensuring that all students were fully engaged and discussion with the lecturers was encouraged. Excellent external speakers were brought in from a broad spectrum of scientific backgrounds and we were given some insight into different career fields.
The practical research module was highly beneficial for building on basic lab skills and techniques as well understanding the process involved in executing an independent project. Based on the experiences gained during the MSc course, I decided to stay within this area and have begun a PhD in stem cell biology upon completion of the degree. Undoubtedly, without the qualification from a research centre of excellence and the exposure to academics within this field, I would not be in the position I am in now. An MSc is a great way to meet and work closely with professionals and UCL has excellent resources to provide an enjoyable and worthwhile experience.
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