Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Sonya Patel

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Your time at UCL

Why did you choose to study at UCL?
Being based in London my whole life, I was aware of the ground-breaking research UCL does within the health field and had wanted to study there for my undergraduate degree. Also, once I found the course of Population Health, as this was a very unique degree and only available to study at UCL, I had chosen to study here. 

What’s your favourite / most memorable memory of your time as a UCL student?
I think being able to interact and meet a wide variety of people, both students and staff. Some of which I still keep in contact with. 

Life after UCL 

What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?
I immediately started a masters course in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

What is your current role? What’s a regular day like?
I am currently interning as a data science analyst at IQVIA, where I work on current projects and help to write study protocols, analysis plans and reports. I work on multiple projects which include clinical trials and feasibility studies. 

How has your UCL education contributed to your success?
My UCL undergraduate degree helped form a basis of quantitative data analysis, which helped me excel during my masters degree where we further developed our data analysis techniques and skills. My UCL education will continue to help contribute to my current internship and future career goals.

Alumni wisdom

What advice would you give to your past self when you were a student?
Take advantage of all career fairs and extra talks and seminars from past academia and leading spokesmen in the health industry. 

What advice do you have for current students?
Choose modules which will interest you and challenge you academically to get the most out of your time at UCL. 

Describe UCL in 3 words:
Supportive, Motivating, Diverse