Undergraduate study

Bernice Li

"The variety of topics we study in the department ensures we have the right foundation and necessary knowledge"

Bernice Li

Year of Study



BSc (Hons)



Why did you choose this course?

Loughborough is a public research university, where my main interests lie. Physics is also interlinked with engineering, which Loughborough is renowned for its excellence in research and development.

What attracted you to Loughborough University?

Loughborough's central locale in the country and its balance amongst academic, sports and other aspects of student life attracted me to this university. The fact that Loughborough is a small town and having the largest campus in England means that we have a great community and essentially run the town, and have fewer distractions than student life in a city. However if you are drawn to the bright lights, Nottingham and Leicester are our neighbours.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

The variety of topics we study in the department ensures we have the right foundation and necessary knowledge, and the laboratory sessions allow you to solve problems in pairs, building on team work and presentation skills.

What do you think of the teaching quality?

Lectures are easy to follow, with materials uploaded onto the university's own online study server 'Learn' to aid learning and revision. Each module also provides suitable recommended texts for further study and to deepen your understanding of the topic.

What has been your favourite module?

My favourite module was Waves as I enjoy the fulfilment when completing mathematical calculations, and the principles of light scattering and diffraction captured my interest, hence I chose my dissertation project to be loosely based on these topics.

What support have you had from the department?

The department operates on an 'open-door policy' where students are welcome to approach lecturers at all times during the semester (when available) for those who need assistance. Also, our Student Staff Liaison Committee is at hand, from the most minute problem to more serious issues that require immediate attention to be raised within the department.

Additionally, there are two Mathematics Learning Support Centres on campus, providing award winning support for mathematics and statistics, which invariably are crucial to the study of physics.

Describe a typical day on your course

A typical day at Loughborough for me involves an early start of lectures and tutorials that are also spaced throughout the day with a lunch break and lecture gaps for personal study at various places around campus. The Pilkington Library, Haslegrave, Design School and School of Business and Economics are my favourite haunts.

Due to the nature of my final year project, I also spend afternoons in labs for my experiment and data collection. First year students will have four hours of laboratory work allocated one day a week, which gives you practical applications to theories you learn in lectures.

Have you done a professional placement?

Due to personal preferences, I have opted not to include a year on professional placement in my degree as I wish to complete my education as soon as possible. However on hindsight, professional work experience is invaluable for your future and cannot be acquired through academic work. It is what separates you and just another physics graduate to an employer, so I would strongly recommend you to apply for a sandwich course.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

Upon graduation, I hope to go into the field of laser science. My dissertation is based on the use of lasers and diffraction pattern, so I will have a deeper understanding of waves and related theories than most, and ultimately having a physics degree will be the first tick of the box.

What would you say to someone considering studying your course?

Definitely pursue it! Work hard, play hard, but make sure you have the balance right. Attendance is recorded, however not compulsory and lectures and tutorials are the best ways to learn, believe it or not.

What do you think of the social atmosphere here?

From friends on the course to halls of residence to Rag raids to Athletic Union clubs to choir buddies, you will find a wide array of social groups and activities to join, mingle and get to know at Loughborough university. Again, it may be difficult to find the right balance but at university you get to meet people from all over the world, of different religions, ethnicity and culture, so make the most of it!

What do you enjoy most about being a student here?

The opportunities you get at Loughborough University. There are so many societies, clubs you can get involved with as well as positions within the department that help improve your study experiences like Programme Rep or Programme President. Loughborough is truly a place where you can make a difference.

What do you find inspiring about Loughborough University?

You will find yourself brushing shoulders with the stars of the future on campus, the students that truly dedicate themselves to their programme and find the time to train and excel in their own field, no matter their expertise. Their devotion inspires me every day at Loughborough.