Postgraduate taught

Richard Gyasie-Hayford

“The laboratories are well equipped and great for standard research training.”

Richard Gyasie-Hayford

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Why did you choose to do your MSc at Loughborough?

I chose my programme because of the modules structure and content in the Analytical Chemistry programme as well as the department and University’s reputation in analytical science in England.

What undergraduate course did you study previously?

I studied BSc. Chemistry at the University of Ghana-Legon, Ghana.

How are you funding your degree?

I received financial support from the University through the Graduate School Development Trust Africa Scholarship. It was a great and rewarding opportunity as this covered the full tuition fee.

What do you enjoy most about your degree?

I like the independent nature of learning adopted by the department and especially working with my project supervisor. I also enjoyed the mass spectrometry lectures.

What do you think of the facilities?

The laboratories are well equipped and great for standard research training, but most importantly I like the second floor analytical laboratory which houses modern chromatographic and mass spectrometry equipment. The staff also encourage independent studies for the adaptation in the modern scientific and industrial settings.

What sort of things do you do on your course?

It is mostly research, especially critique literature review coupled with laboratory analysis. For most taught modules, there are corresponding practicals in order to appreciate real life situations.

What would you say to someone considering studying your degree?

It has been a great experience. I’ve especially enjoyed the Professional Skills module, where we interacted with personnel from industries. It was fascinating to learn about auditing, UKAS, intellectual properties and environmental science during Analytical Chemistry course. It just adds another dimension to the course.

What support have you had from the University?

I have had some support from the Careers and Employability Centre, the Medical Centre and Student Finance. All of them were easy to access, student friendly and the service delivery was quick and explicit.

What do you enjoy most about being a student here?

The environment is very conducive for studies; the greener atmosphere and the exciting sceneries stimulate relaxation and morale boost during your studies. However the most important place I enjoyed was the library. It was very intriguing with the whole architect and mode of operation, and was a catapult to my studies and excellence.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

After graduation, I want to continue with a doctoral research in chemistry. Analytical degree is very critical, not just in the area of research I am interested in but in the competition for studentship program in any University.

How has Loughborough University inspired you?

I was very inspired when my head of department, Professor Paul Thomas, told me of his experience as young chemistry student and a saying his grandmother had told him which was key to his success; “aim for the skies and sometimes you have to show your claws (maximum capabilities) to achieve excellence.”