NTU was my first choice for postgraduate study because of its links with industry, and the potential for industrial placements.
More about Tung On
On completion of my undergraduate studies in Biotechnology, I worked as a research assistant at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. During this time, I became progressively more interested in research into digestive diseases. I decided to pursue postgraduate study to further explore this interest with the aim of gaining new knowledge in the field of bioscience.
I also wanted to gain insight into the role of a biomedical scientist, and of opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry. An MSc in Biomedical Science will equip me with the skills I need in a competitive job market, and help me network with contacts around the world.
NTU was my first choice for postgraduate study because of its links with industry, and the potential for industrial placements. It has one of the highest employability rates for students upon graduation, and this is without a doubt due to the highly transferable skills that are taught, and the efforts of the employability team. The support that the employability team offers through interview skills workshops, advice on tailoring CVs, and opportunities for placements is truly one of a kind. NTU also provides many generous scholarships, easing the burden of postgraduate study.
Before I came to NTU, I knew that NTU is one of the top new universities in the UK, with the John van Geest cancer research centre being a state-of-the-art biomedical research centre. I also knew that NTU has a vibrant student population, and friendly international community. This clinched my decision to apply here.
The one-year MSc in Biomedical Science in NTU provides a wide range of modules such as pharmacology, biology of diseases, microbial diagnostics and clinical pathology.
Students are free to choose between the different modules, allowing for the MSc to be tailored to career aspirations, whether this be as a biomedical scientist, or as a full-time researcher in academia. Overall, this program gave me the opportunity to expand my breadth of knowledge, learn, and practice new laboratory techniques.
NTU is particularly appealing to me because it is a top-notch biomedical research institute in the UK, and benefits from extensive collaborations with biopharmaceutical industry. It also places an emphasis on transferable skills, making students more attractive to potential employers. The MSc in biomedical science is also accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), which provides a professional accreditation, and allows interested students to pursue a career as a biomedical scientist.
Notably, I have gained new knowledge in pharmacology and computational analysis through this course. I recently also began a part-time work placement through NTU. This opportunity not only complements my studies, giving me an opportunity to apply new skills to practical use, but provides me with valuable work experience.
In addition to its excellent academic provisions, NTU also has wonderful sports facilities, and their sport teams compete regularly in national competitions. Equally, there are sports activities for the more casual participant. For those not interested in sports, there are also student societies catering to every interest imaginable! I believe that all students can enjoy their time here at NTU.