The variety ensured that it remained engaging and interesting throughout the year for me.

After completing my BSc in Biomedical Science I wished to pursue a career in research, so, I chose to continue studying at Keele University. The course I selected was an MSc in Biomedical Blood Science, as it focused on three topics of interest to me: immunology, biochemistry and haematology.

The course is well structured and is delivered through a variety of modalities that range from autonomous case-based learning, to lectures delivered by local experts. The variety ensured that it remained engaging and interesting throughout the year for me. Of course, as you might expect with an MSc, it was at times challenging; however, as the course has a small number of participants it is very interactive and there is an abundance of support from staff and students alike. Additionally, the course is delivered in a way that allows for free study time, this gives plenty of time for consolidation of knowledge, but also exploration of new skills too. For example, I took advantage of Keele’s brilliant language department and finally gained a qualification in Russian.

During the project we met with a number of professionals in both clinical sciences and research sciences, which, alongside the practical experience of the course, gave me the ideal foundation for a career in research.

However, it was the clinical exposure that started to draw me towards medicine and now just over two years on I’m studying Medicine at Warwick University. I firmly believe my experiences on the MSc gave me the skills and knowledge I needed to start on this new path and it is serving me well even today.