School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Postgraduate taught

Joseph Ching

“Studying in Loughborough this year inspired me to be lifelong learner. The more I learnt, the more questions I found in the scientific world.”

Joseph Ching

Year of Study




What undergraduate course did you study and where?

I was studying physical education in Hong Kong Baptist University.

Why did you choose to do your MSc at Loughborough?

When I was thinking of studying sport science abroad, I talked to my supervisor in Hong Kong. He highly recommended Loughborough University to me. I started to look up the course outline from the department website and found the course contents are pretty much what I was looking for.

What do you enjoy most about your degree?

I appreciate how the course has been thoughtfully designed. The first term is mainly knowledge-based. Then, in the second term I started to learn more laboratory and research techniques. Finally the third term focuses on the final project, where I can apply what I have learnt in the previous months.

I am also very impressed with the sufficient resources provided in the library. You can easily access the teaching materials and references.

What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?

The lecturers are very experienced and possess profound knowledge in their research area. I particularly learnt a lot from the module of current research in exercise physiology because the lectures were taught by different lecturers who are undertaking the latest research in the field.

The lecturers take teaching and learning very seriously. I remember an instance where a lecturer was discussing low CHO diets with us in the lecture and found our opinions and knowledge within the group were quite diverse. Roughly an hour after the lecture, the lecturer had already forwarded us some extra readings to better understand the topic.

What kind of exciting things do you get to do on your course?

I have really enjoyed working on my final project. I highly value the opportunity that enables me to work in a well-equipped laboratory where I can receive constructive guidance and feedback from my supervisor. The lab experience also gives me a more comprehensive picture of the research work being done and helps to better understand the research when reading the journals.

What would you say to someone considering studying your degree?

Studying at Loughborough has not always been an easy year for me. The coursework and exams can be quite stressful sometimes. But when I look back, I realise that I have gained much more than I expected.

As an international student, how have you found your experience?

Loughborough University is a very peaceful and quiet campus which is so different from where I came from. I didn’t find it too hard to settle down though. You can find everything you need from the town. There are many international students studying on my course. We always hang out and play sports together; you won’t feel alone.

What support have you had from the University?

The Student Support Centre provides useful advices and assistance for the students both for academic and general matters. The staff are always available to help.

The University is also regularly organising career exhibition for the students so we could keep informed with any opportunities available in the job market.

What do you think of the social atmosphere on campus?

I spend most of my leisure time doing sports. I joined the football team of my student hall to compete in IMS (Intramural Sport). I also joined the rugby team that I have never played before, giving me a whole new experience.

What do you enjoy most about being a student here?

I enjoy the beautiful campus most. There are lots of green areas available inside the campus. The university is also planted with colourful flowers and trees. I feel very refreshed when I am walking along the campus, especially in the spring and summer. The wide range of sport facilities for the students also makes me feel so energetic.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

I am hoping to be a PE teacher or a physiologist in a football team in Hong Kong. The knowledge and time management skills I have learnt this year surely prepare me to deal with the challenges that I will be encountering from my future career.

How has Loughborough University inspired you?

The study in Loughborough this year inspired me to be lifelong learner. The more I learnt, the more questions I found in the scientific world. I reckon finishing an MSc degree is just another beginning to pursue knowledge. The experience in Loughborough will be a solid platform for me to be critical in perceiving sport science information.