Vatsala Malik - BSc (Hons) Biotechnology, MRes Molecular Biology, PhD Molecular Biology
NU Why did you choose Biotechnology at Northumbria?
V I started off studying on the Biotechnology BSc, and then took an MRes before moving on to my current programme, a PhD in Molecular Biology. I always wanted to work in a subject area allied to biology. Biotechnology is becoming a popular and sought after qualification in India and it is an area that is constantly changing through new research and findings, so I knew it would give me plenty of opportunities in the future.
My University in Delhi had a collaborative arrangement with Northumbria for the BSc and I transferred one semester before I was due to move, as I’d looked into the course structure, facilities and general infrastructure and thought I would be better off at Northumbria. It must have been the right decision as I’m still here!
NU What would you like to do when you graduate?
V The route I’ve taken gives me a wide variety of options. Working as a researcher is the most obvious option and something I find very attractive. I could do a post-doctoral qualification after my PhD, then at the end if I choose not to go further as a researcher I’ll be well qualified to work in the pharmaceutical industry.
My ambitions changed throughout my time here. I expected to finish my degree and work for a couple of years before starting my MRes, the funding changed everything, it meant I was given the opportunity far sooner that I imagined. Now I see research as a more viable option for my career.
For more information on Vatsala's experiences and thoughts on her programme click here.
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