- Course: BSc Mathematical Studies
Why did you decide to study at the University of Leeds?
I am from Leeds, so it was an easy choice since having a Russell group university on my doorstep meant that I have my eye on the University of Leeds throughout my educational life. The huge campus and vibrant student union means that no two days are the same, as a student I have almost been spoilt for choice with what the university has had to offer.
What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University and why?
The best part of my degree was my freedom to choose and shape what I study. I chose to study BSc Mathematical Studies because I knew I wanted to specialise in mathematics, but I had strong subject interests outside of mathematics such as design and psychology. When reading about BSc Mathematical Studies is seemed perfect for someone like me, who was keen to continue learning about other subjects because I was able to choose up to a third of my degree in discovery modules. I can definitely say, I enjoy my degree. So far, I’ve had the opportunity to undertake discovery modules in product design, art, psychology and medical physics. These were just my choice of modules but there are loads to choose from including languages, economics, law and philosophy to say the least.
Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed so far?
Doing a summer research project in medical imaging within the School of Medicine was probably the most exciting project I got to do. I was working on verifying a new algorithm that a PhD student I was working with had created for a certain type of PET-MR scanner. I had the opportunity to present my work at the Royal Society in London in November 2018. In college I would have never seen that happening- since I didn’t study any A Level Science- but it just goes to show the wide range of opportunities you have coming to Leeds.
My final year research project has also been very enjoyable – I have looked at the relationship between the Lorenz attractor and fractals. I have been able to manipulate my project to suit my interest and I have ended up learning areas of mathematics I have not really touched in my undergraduate degree.
What are your ambitions for the future?
I would continue onto postgraduate studies at Leeds and then I would like to work in data analytics with in the health care industry. When starting my degree I had no idea what I wanted to do – all I knew was that I loved mathematics - but my degree (as well as many other degree programmes in the School of Mathematics) has enabled me to explore many areas of mathematics and stick to those I enjoy the most.
What would you say to students coming to do the same course?
I think the most important thing to do it enjoy yourself and make sure you try out different areas of maths as you’ll be surprised as to what grows on you. Try to pick up as many new skills as possible -within the School of Mathematics and in other faculties - because the university has so much to give.