Medical Physics MSci - Joanne Ting

Student profile: Joanne Ting

Degree: Medical Physics MSci
Fourth year
Subject area: Medical Physics and Bioengineering

I found that a degree in Medical Physics would allow me to apply my passion for physics in a field I was equally passionate about – medicine. I also found that UCL was one of the leading institutions in medical physics research, and currently one of the largest such departments in Europe. I wanted to learn from the people who were undertaking research at its frontier.

I like how diverse the programme is. It allows me to take a broad range of options from quantum and particle physics to radiation treatment. It is even possible to take courses at other universities in my final year. There is also a lot of flexibility in determining the direction I want to take in my learning, and this enables me to pursue my interests.

In the summer of my second year, I was part of the UCL Team for the iGEM (International Genetic Engineered Machine) Competition, organised by MIT. This is one of the prime examples where UCL’s interdisciplinary research brings together students from all sorts of backgrounds to contribute to a research project that is otherwise mostly in the field of synthetic biology. I worked alongside biochemical engineers, medical students and even an architect, to bring the whole project to completion.