Amber Leonard

Current student

Exercise Physiology MSc
Study area
Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

At Loughborough they are not just feeding us information they are also challenging us to find things out for ourselves.

Where are you from?

Minnesota, USA.

What were you doing before you joined Loughborough?

Before I started the course at Loughborough I did my BSc in Kinesiology at the University of North Dakota in the United States.

Why Loughborough University?

Loughborough University has a world renowned reputation in the area of sport and exercise science. I had a lecturer in my undergrad who attended Loughborough University when the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences first opened. He told me if I wanted a Master’s degree in the area then Loughborough was the clear choice

What do you enjoy the most about your programme?

The MSc in Exercise Physiology has curriculum built on the latest research in the field. I feel like I am always getting the most up to date information. Yet somewhat in contrast, I also feel now have the tools and capacity to find out the latest information on my own. At Loughborough they are not just feeding us information they are also challenging us to find things out for ourselves.

Describe what it is like to be a postgraduate, and how this differs from undergraduate studies?

I felt like in my undergraduate it was all theory. Now in a postgraduate course we are encouraged know the theory we are taught but also apply it. My understanding of everything is so much deeper because of the push to apply what I learn in the lectures to coursework, labs and research opportunities I have had. Also as a postgraduate there are so many more opportunities, there is also a big emphasis on trying out what we think we want to after the course is over. We are often get forwarded emails from people that are specifically interested in advertising opportunities to our degree programme.

Describe a day in the life of a postgraduate student?

A day in the life of a postgraduate student, well today I woke up early to get to the lab. I am helping with data collection for a PhD student’s project. For lunch I met up with some course mates and after we went to our lecture. For this class each lecture is given by an expert on a specific topic in the area of exercise physiology and they talk about their latest findings. It isn’t only full time researchers, people in the applied sector come and talk to us as well. After class I had a meeting with my dissertation adviser and to talk about the timeline for my project. Then I walked home and did a little reading for class.

How do you like to spend your time away from your studies?

In my free time I like to meet my friends for a pub quiz in town. I also go to a yoga class near my house. When there is a break in the university schedule we usually try to organise a night out with the course.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years I hope to have finished a PhD in an Exercise Physiology related area. I will ideally be coming to the end of a post doctorate research position and would be looking for a job as a lecturer/researcher. It would be great to stay at Loughborough.

If you could give one piece of advice to a future student, what would it be?

Find out what you are passionate about. If you are working towards a goal that means something to you then the studying and hard work won’t feel so hard.