PGT Student Life and Testimonials

Experience what it's like to be a member of the Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences College community

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As well as being internationally renowned for research and teaching excellence we aim to provide a high quality, research-rich learning environment for those undertaking postgraduate degrees.  We also provide support for all students studying for postgraduate degrees in the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences.

In the 2011 Postgraduate Research Experience survey -

  • The number of students stating that the research environment had met their expectations was 6% higher than other Scottish institutions and 5% ahead of the average for our fellow Russell Group universities.
  • 99% of students felt that the supervisory support and guidance availability was in place to help them complete their research degree. 

In the 2010 International Student Barometer survey the College was highly rated by our existing students. 

  • Over 97% were satisfied with the expertise of lecturers, over 5% higher on average than other institutions 
  • 95% were satisfied with our laboratories, over 8% higher than average

As well as learning, students were also satisfied with support and living.  Our student network, sport facilities and clubs & societies were highly ranked and Glasgow was a 'good place to be' according to almost 97% of students.

These pages illustrate the student life within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences and include explanations from previous and existing students on why they decided to study at Glasgow, their thoughts on their individual courses and the benefits that studying within the College have brought them upon graduation.

Lindsay Mickelson, Canada – MRes Ecology & Environmental Biology
Completing my MRes at the University of Glasgow was a wonderful experience and I recommend the program to students who wish to further their knowledge and research skills.  Numerous learning opportunities were provided across a broad range of subjects and support and guidance from supervisors was invaluable. Completion of two separate research projects allowed me to explore different interests and I was able to complete a research project in temperate and tropical climates. The experience gained throughout my MRes studies contributed to my success in obtaining a PhD scholarship and publishing my results in a peer-reviewed journal.

Antonis Vlassopoulos, Greece - MSc (Med Sci)  Human Nutrition
The course gives students the chance during lectures to explore intermediate and advanced topics in the field of human nutrition, giving equal opportunities to students from different backgrounds.  Aiming to increase critical thinking, the most important skill gained during the course is the ability to apply evidence based nutrition and keep up with latest advances in the area even after graduating.  A multi cultural course, in a student friendly city that can transform this year from just an academic opportunity to a chance to meet people and gain experiences worth remembering.

Carolyn Low, UK  - MRes Molecular Medicine
For me, taking part in the Molecular Medicine MRes course was an invaluable experience.  I was interested in a career in scientific research but unsure if a PhD was for me.  I was also lacking confidence in my practical abilities in the lab.  However, almost immediately after starting this course I felt myself becoming increasingly confident in both the lab environment and my own practical ability.  The opportunity to complete two projects in different labs is, in my opinion, one of the greatest strengths of this course as it allows students to gain experience of another working environment and many more experimental techniques than would be possible in a single project masters.

Milica Vukovic, Canada – Mres Molecular Medicine
After completing my honours degree in Toronto, I sought out an international Masters program from a leading UK university that would allow me to specialize in Cancer Research. The MRes in Molecular Medicine here at the University of Glasgow seemed to offer just this, but I soon realised that it offered far more than I had ever expected.  I was immediately impressed with the high quality of the program, reputable faculty and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.  I was given the opportunity to become a vital part of two research teams where I conducted my own projects led by the group’s leader and supervised by post-doctoral fellows.

More than anything, it was the supervisors’ excitement about their relative fields that led me to desire to build an expanding knowledge and understanding of cancer, and hopefully help identify future treatments of a disease that affects so many.

Ikram Abdelseeid, Libya - MSc (ClinSci) Reproductive & Maternal Sciences
The programme was well organised and it was clear from the start what should be done throughout the programme, which made it easier to manage my time.  I enjoyed the evidence-based medicine part of the programme more than the speciality teaching course.  I enjoyed doing the research project, particularly learning how to collect data, how to write research paper and even how to read literatures.  I find these skills very useful now that I am undertaking a PhD degree at the University of Glasgow. 

The life in Glasgow is amazing.  The people are so friendly, and the cost of living is not that much. I felt safe and at home when I did the programme in Glasgow.  I feel that participating in this programme and living in Glasgow has added value to my experiences.

John Nugent, UK – Master in Primary Care
The introductory module on Public Health and Primary Care opened my eyes to the world out side individual clinical practice in a way that helped me to understand the wider determinants of health, a term that I would hear time and again, for good reason, over the next couple of years. 

Modules on Clinical Governance, Communications Skills, Long Term Conditions and Research Methods, followed thick and fast, each one involving interactive presentations, where the sharing of experience(s) from myself and others in the class was very much encouraged by the presenters. Each of these modules was of considerable benefit in my working environment(s) and students were again encouraged to ensure that any work submitted for assessment was useful in the ‘day job(s)’, and they were.

As well as gaining a deeper understanding of many of the aspects supporting the evidence base in medicine I also learned about health in the wider sense, in a way that was of great relevance to the patients to whom I provide a personal and population based service.