Undergraduate study

Sebastien Roger

"My summer work placement gave me such a great insight on the daily life of a professional, I actually changed my career plan to a better suited route"

Sébastien Roger

Year of Study



Bsc (Hons)


Why did you choose this course?

I chose Engineering Physics as I have always loved physics while at school, and I also wanted to be in the industry sector. As well, Loughborough University is a great university and is well known for its engineering.

What attracted you to Loughborough University?

Above all, Loughborough university attracted me by its ability to provide a very high quality of teaching, while being a very diversified institution with a great campus and social life. The physics department is friendly and most lecturers are very engaged with the academic life of students.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

What I enjoy most about my course is that I am part of both Engineering and Physics departments, providing me with a great freedom in my studies, and the fact that there is always someone there ready to help me if I need.

What do you think of the teaching quality?

The teaching quality in Loughborough is incredible. Most lecturers are very approachable and have an open door policy, which means that you can step into their office at any time of the day to ask them about a question you cannot solve or a lecture that you didn't quite understand.

Do you have a favourite module?

I would say that it depends on the individual, but I would accord to say that most of us really enjoyed the astronomy module, where you get to put your hands on a real telescope and take pictures of the sky.

Describe a typical day on your course

On a typical day I would have breakfast at 8am, lunch at 1pm and dinner at 6pm in catered halls. And on average I would be in lectures for 5 hours a day spaced between 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm. Between 6-10pm I would either partake in societies, go to the gym or even do some work for my course.

Have you done a professional placement?

I did a work placement in between my first and second year at Toulouse over the summer. I experienced what work was and it gave me a great insight on the daily life of a professional. From this placement I actually changed my career plan to a better suited route.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

After graduating from Engineering Physics, I wish to pursue my career in research & development in the defence industry. The great thing about the Engineering Physics Degree is that you can choose what you want to study in your third year, which provides you with a huge degree of freedom to transform your career, even in your final year.

What would you say to someone considering studying your course?

If you liked Loughborough campus and its atmosphere, don't think twice, a lot more awaits you! The campus and Students’ Union are so diversified that I still discover new places and/or activities to do. Overall, I don't think any other university could have suited me as well as this one. So pick a sport, pick a society and let the fun begin!

What do you think of the social activities you can join on campus?

I am part of the Airsoft, Fitness & Wellbeing and Engineers without borders societies and I have done a lot of academic related activities such as programme president, union councillor and university senate member. The social atmosphere in Loughborough is great; there are over 70 societies and 50 sports clubs to choose from. For every activity you join, you’ll get back 10 times or more what you put in.

What do you enjoy most about being a student here?

What I enjoy most about being a Loughborough University student is the incredible social life that everyone is experiencing on campus. Firstly, with over 50 different sport clubs and 70 societies, secondly Loughborough university is one of the safest and largest universities in Europe and gave me the confidence to be a very active and hardworking man.