Nick Turner

Biomedical Engineering MSc

Why did you choose postgraduate study at the University of Liverpool?

The University of Liverpool is renowned for engineering, but It wasn’t until I got here that I realised what that really meant. Liverpool is a vibrant city that offers an abundance of social and professional opportunities during and after graduation. Becoming a student at the University of Liverpool also means becoming a part of the city and it’s valuable links to industries.

What’s the best thing about studying in your department?

Studying engineering at the University of Liverpool offers a wealth of expertise and support from the departments academic staff. Additionally, the university harbours huge resources in machinery and tooling that can be used in postgraduate projects. My project was made more enjoyable with friendly and helpful support, as well as access to resources that I needed to achieve my goals.

How do the facilities in the University help you with your studies?

The Harold Cohen library was an integral part of my studies at the University of Liverpool. I was able to access all the books and articles I needed whether online or off the shelves and work in the various study spaces available. The university guild was a great place to do group work, grab some lunch or socialise with new people or friends. A large workshop occupied by helpful and willing staff provided me with the mechanical help and tools I needed for my final project. We were free to use the 3D printers available and I had a specific lab dedicated to my final project. I was pleased to find all the software I needed for the different modules of the course and my final project on the many computers provided, and furthermore I was able to ask those with expertise in these programs for help when I needed it.

What kind of support do you get from lecturers?

My lecturers were great and were a large part of the reason I enjoyed the course. They were available via email or by visiting their office where issues regarding all areas of university life could be discussed. I was pleasantly surprised to find that topics in the lectures could be guided by us and the areas of research we were interested in. I have been lucky enough to continue collaborating with some of my lecturers with the company I now work for after finishing the course.

What do you enjoy most about the whole experience?

I have made some very good friends from the course, who have made the course all the more enjoyable. We were an incredibly well-knit group, which allowed us to create ideas and work together to achieve successful outcomes. My summer project involved optimising a 3D printer for hydrogel deposition. I was able to develop a practical technique for producing a biomimetic tympanic membrane (ear drum) – This was a great experience and something I never thought I would never have the opportunity to do. Overall the masters was a challenge, but thoroughly rewarding.

How do you believe undertaking postgraduate study will help your career prospects?

Postgraduate study has allowed me to focus my career prospects whilst expanding my knowledge and lab-based skills. The masters has provided opportunities that would not have been available to me otherwise, which I value greatly. Postgraduate study was an investment into my own future that paid off with the help of the University of Liverpool.

How did your postgraduate study help you get an internship and job offer? 

My current company, 3D Life Prints, offered my cohort the opportunity for an industrial placement whilst at the University of Liverpool. I was fortunate enough to be taken on permanently upon the completion of my masters. For me, I feel that studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Liverpool was a direct link to industry and allowed me step into the profession I aspired to be in.

What advice would you give to anybody considering postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study broadens horizons whilst giving you a deeper understanding in your field of interest. Also, studying an accredited course, such as Biomedical Engineering MSc(Eng) at The University of Liverpool, places you in a very strong professional standing upon completion. In summary, postgraduate study is a fulfilling and valuable experience for pursuing a career in both academia and industry - But be prepared to work for it!

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