D'costa Adrian Samuel

What course are you studying?

I am studying a Masters course in Food Science (Biotechnology).

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

The Masters programme at the University of Leeds is second to none. There is always something to do, you learn something new everyday. I feel that the laboratory research facilities, advanced research techniques, and advanced industries, would be just the right brew for a student like me to get a good exposure to both, the theoretical and practical sides of the Food industry. Additionally, the lab facilities are highly advanced and have great lecturers who would guide me on the right path to achieve nothing less than the best.

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and why?

Research, presentation and good time management skills have been very important. We constantly have lots of work to do and deadlines to meet. Having such skills gained and developed during the course is of vital importance, not only in academic work but also transferring these to a job after graduation.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

There are so many things that Leeds has to offer to its students, firstly, everything is just a walk away you can go to the city centre, the library, your lectures very easily and this make it a really great place to study. Secondly, it offers a ton of student discounts, students can get discounts on buses in the city centre, lots of place do student discount on restaurants and shops. Thirdly, it harbours a large range of restaurants that serve really good food for a reasonable price, and last but not the least, the public transport service is amazing.

What are your ambitions for the future?

My ambitions for the future are to continue researching and innovating the foods that we eat. I am interesting in discovering more about people’s eating habits and how this effects the body, and how food can be alternated in different ways to make a positive impact on the body.

What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?

As with any job, good communication, teamwork and leadership skills are important. Having an analytical mind with good time management will be of value with research based occupations as there will be a limited amount of time, money and resources to carry out the necessary tasks.

Why did you decide to study a masters at the University of Leeds?

Make sure you always stay on top of your coursework and don't forget to relax and enjoy yourself from time to time. Leeds is a great place to study as there is a good balance between fun things to do and enjoy yourself and the academic support and facilities to get the most out of your studies.