I completed my undergraduate degree in Physical Geography at Swansea University (BSc, 2.i) and chose to return to complete my MSc degree here in Environmental Dynamics and Climate Change (Merit). Since I thoroughly enjoyed my undergrad experience here, I knew I was making the right decision to return.
From an academic perspective, I found the course well suited to me. I am naturally an outdoorsy-type person who enjoys hands-on experience in the field and have interests in a broad range of topics. Both my undergraduate and master’s degree offered exactly that, from regular field trips to geological sites to a week-long field trip to the beautiful island of Mallorca in the second year. In terms of lectures, you may learn about the history of glacial cycles one morning, and plant ecology in the afternoon, which gives you many opportunities to specialise in your particular interests. The lecturers, staff and laboratory assistants are friendly and passionate about their subjects and will gladly offer to assist you with any questions you may have. It is a really enjoyable experience to develop your own study for your dissertation, and have access to the minds of world-class experts to guide you through the process.
I am now an Environmental Monitoring Officer for Natural Resources Wales (the governing body for the environment in Wales), and I absolutely would not have been able to start this career without the skills I learned from both my BSc and MSc degrees.
If I were to advise any student thinking of applying to Swansea, I would tell them that you would be joining a friendly, welcoming place that prides itself on research, and to make the most of your time here. As I chose to return here for postgraduate study and now work for NRW on campus, you could say that I can’t seem to let the place go.