Chris Hamer
MPhys Theoretical Physics

Chris Hamer

Why did you choose to study Physics?

Physics is a wide ranging, interesting subject that helps us understand and explain what is going on in the world around us. Studying Theoretical Physics also allows me to make use of my very mathematical background.

What attracted you to the University of Leeds?

Fantastic campus. Vibrant city. Prestigious university.

Has your course lived up to your expectations so far?

Very much so. The mix of doing Physics but also moving into the maths department to bolster the mathematics I learn has made the Theoretical Physics course a unique experience.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

As mentioned before, having created a strong mathematical grounding in my first few years, this now allows me to move almost completely freely between the maths and physics departments in my 3rd year. This means I can concentrate on the two areas of physics/applied maths that I enjoy the most; Fluid Dynamics and Quantum Mechanics.

How would you describe your lecturers and tutors?

The lecturers are always very knowledgeable and generally very engaging and helpful to students. The personal tutoring system gives you a chance to get to know an academic outside the usual day to day of your course and this is can be helpful for seeking advice on your future. 

How would you describe student life at Leeds?

One of the best experiences any human being could ever hope to have.

Have you joined any clubs and societies on campus? 

I joined the University Rugby in first year and have been a member of the PhySoc (physics society) committee for the last two years, first as sports secretary and now president. I’m thinking a will probably join Snowriders, the university snow sports club next year as they look fun.

Do you have an idea of what you might like to do at the end of your course?

Anything ranging from investment banking to PhD’s. The other day I was doing a questionnaire about employers and in answer to the question “which of these employers would you work for” I ticked approximately 70 of 100. I still can’t decide if this is a good or a bad thing but I definitely wouldn’t have the choice to work for all of them if I wasn’t doing a good course at a well-respected university.