More about Ryan
I came straight from studying a Sport Science undergraduate degree from NTU.
Physiology was always a passion of mine throughout my degree and I saw an MRes as the next step towards a PhD. I knew that the staff and facilities were second to none here at NTU, so I saw no other option. The hands-on experience that is emphasised on my course and the ability to do a lot of lab work really appealed to me.
The MRes Exercise Physiology course is a lot more in-depth and requires a lot more wider reading, in order to fully understand new techniques and concepts. Teaching time on the MRes is dedicated to one day a week so I've found I can be flexible with my time and do it at my own pace.
I have found my course to be very engaging, thought-provoking and teaches the skills essential to becoming a competent researcher. The community vibe of the Sport Science department is something in particular that I value and feel that this makes it welcoming to students.
The teaching facilities are always easy to access and clean. The labs that we use are great and always have the equipment that is needed, supervision and guidance available if necessary.
New skills developed?
I've found my interpersonal skills have improved a lot being on this course due to a lot of collaborative research. I gained time management skills as I have to juggle lab work, written work and doing my part-time job. My course runs mock 'job interviews' as an assessment which is really beneficial in increasing my employability.
Work placement or industry projects?
We do a Sport Science in Action project which we do so some applied work with athletes or teams. For my project I worked with Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and collected GPS data from various matches to compare the movement demands of the the different formats. I worked closely with their Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. It was a really great experience to get involved in applied work.
Greatest achievement as a NTU postgraduate student?
Successfully securing a funded PhD at NTU. I am staying at NTU to do a PhD which was always my desire through undergrad.
What's Nottingham like?
Coming from the countryside, it is nice to be on the doorstep of a city. There's plenty of social activities within a short radius. There are lovely places to visit too, like Wollaton Hall and Sherwood Forest.
Any advice for a new student?
Be opportunistic - university is a rich platform so don't miss out on anything!