Nottingham is centrally located and being an international student, it made it quite easy to travel to places
More about Falguni
Fal came to NTU from Mumbai University in India having studied BSc Biotechnology.
Fal did her undergraduate degree in biotechnology because it contained several aspects of biosciences and as she wasn't sure which aspect she liked the most, she decided to continue with this. She hoped by studying the MSc Biotechnology course she would be able to identify the aspect she was really passionate about.
What are you doing now?
Following on from my Masters at NTU, MSc Biotechnology, I realised I enjoyed pharmacology quite a lot and so I decided to pursue a PhD in Pharmacology.
What are your main job responsibilities?
My current responsibilities are targeted towards achieving data in order to complete my PhD, supervision of the lab and lab equipment and, training undergraduates and postgraduates in the necessary labs skills.
Did your course influence your career or help you get the job you're doing today?
Yes, it made me aware of the possibilities and helped me gain the essential training to improve my lab skills. Whilst applying for my PhD, I had to demonstrate my skills during the interview and the supervisors on the panel liked that they would not need to spend much time training me in basic techniques as I had acquired the knowledge during my MSc.
What skills did you develop as a result of completing your course?
I learned a lot of transferable skills and lab techniques which I didn't know before. I learnt how to use state-of-the-art equipment such as confocal microscopy and mass spectrometry.
What are the teaching facilities and support like for students at Nottingham Trent University?
I spent most of my time in the labs especially during the research project module. I would say the labs are fully staffed with lecturers and demonstrators who help out a lot. They have the latest technology when it comes to equipment.
Would you recommend the MSc Biotechnology?
I really liked that this course covered different aspects of biosciences. For those who could not figure out which aspect they really liked, I would say this course gives you the extra time to figure out what you want while giving you a taste of each different area.
What is it like living in Nottingham?
Nottingham is a student friendly city and has a lot to offer. I like the cultural diversity, it is centrally located and being an international student, it made it quite easy to travel to places.
Any advice for applicants?
Enjoy your time, you only do this once...