James Whyman

Current student

Advanced Physics MSc
Study area

I would certainly recommend the Advanced Physics degree; the ability to pick and choose modules to suit your personal needs gives it an advantage over other more specialised degrees.

Why did you choose do your master's at Loughborough University?

I chose to read physics at Loughborough because of my aspirations to pursue a career in medical physics. The benefit of the Advanced Physics degree allows for a completely customized module arrangement, so that almost any career path in physics after study is possible.

What attracted you to the University and department in the first place?

I chose Loughborough University due to its excellent reputation within the scientific community with regard to the current research undertaken by its tutors. In addition, the University has a prominent place in student experience surveys.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

I particularly enjoy the enthusiasm shown by lecturers and that classes are informal. The tutors are approachable and are always happy to help no matter how trivial the problems.

The social aspects of the course have been important with regard to building excellent personal relationships with peers and the physics society is very active and enjoyable.

What do you think of the teaching quality and your labs, lectures, etc.?

Teaching quality is by far one of the best I have seen, as typically, scientists are scientists first and teachers second but the lecturers I have met on this course have got this balance spot on.

Do you have a particularly favourite project or module on your course?

My favourite module(s) on this course have been those related to quantum information/quantum computing. This was a subject area I had not previously studied prior to this course and was initially intimidated by its reputation. However the lecturers enthusiasm and own experience within the area gave me the confidence required to even choose this as the base for my final year project. This is something I would not have conceived as being possible back in September.

What kind of support have you had in the department and from the University?

The academic support has genuinely been incredible on this course, both by individual lecturers and the Mathematical Learning Support Centre.

What are some of the exciting/different things you can do on your course?

The physics society has enabled several of us to attend Cern, Geneva for a weekend in April 2015 which is an annual event. This further promotes enthusiasm for your course and builds on the relationships with peers making my study even more enjoyable.

By being on the course, which is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP), you can apply for Associated Membership allowing you to attend workshops and conferences around the country and increase networking.

What do you hope to do when you graduate, and how will your Loughborough degree support this?

Upon graduation I hope to pursue a career in medical physics. The degree at Loughborough has given me a solid knowledge base in areas such as particle physics and quantum computing which will give me a competitive lead in the future.

What would you say to someone considering studying your degree at Loughborough?

I would certainly recommend the Advanced Physics degree; the ability to pick and choose modules to suit your personal needs gives it an advantage over other more specialised degrees.

What do you enjoy most about being a Loughborough University student?

I would say the fact that studying and personal life integrates so seamlessly is by far the most enjoyable aspect of Loughborough University life.

Do you think Loughborough University has inspired you in any way?

I would say that Loughborough has inspired me. The course has sparked more interests in other physics topics that I wish to study and has even given me a newfound interest in mathematics, something I didn’t really have before!