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MICRO BIOME.
BIG IMPACT.

Sophie. SCIENCE.

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Sophie's Story


From reindeer in Lapland to microbes in the Avon River, Sophie's UC experience has been hugely varied. See more of her story below.

I loved how we had multiple labs every week. It makes your learning much more real when you suddenly see bacteria change colour or grow on a new medium.

I've really enjoyed my time here. You get to participate and ask questions, and your opinion is genuinely valued. It's extremely multicultural and the travel opportunities have given me a new independence.

What are you up to at UC?

I'm doing my Masters of Science in microbial biology. My thesis is looking at the antibiotic resistance of E. coli in the Avon River. I'm really fascinated by microbial life and the environmental biome.

Favourite thing about your Master's degree?

I really enjoy having control over what I do. Each week I get to plan my experiments and then go to them. You always find something unexpected that leads onto the next investigation. I work independently but there's guidance and help available whenever I need it.

Does UC encourage hands-on learning?

It really does. During my undergraduate study, I loved how we had multiple labs every week. It makes your learning much more real when you suddenly see bacteria change colour or grow on a new medium. It makes the theory click into place and the academic experience becomes way more interesting.

Biggest highlight of your time at UC?

In third year I got to go on a six-month exchange to Uppsala University in Sweden. I studied Swedish, molecular biology, did a research project and took a night course about dinosaurs! Studying abroad was a life changing experience.

Did you get to explore Europe?

I spent a month travelling before my exchange even started. In Sweden we did lots of travel too. We visited fishing villages along the coast, went swimming in lakes and took overnight cruises to Finland and Estonia. For New Year's we went up to Lapland, which was crazy cold! We saw reindeer and went dog sledding.

What did you take home from that experience?

Some really good friends! I also learned a lot academically and refined my research skills. It was great to have the opportunity to go do something for myself. Exchange is definitely something I would recommend.

Is UC a place to flourish?

Absolutely. I've really enjoyed my time here. You get to participate and ask questions, and your opinion is genuinely valued. It's extremely multicultural and the travel opportunities have given me a new independence. I'm a lot more confident now and I have friends from literally all over the world!