- Course: Chemical Engineering MSc
- Nationality: Egyptian
Why did you decide to study a masters at the University of Leeds?
Initially, I was looking through the world university rankings when I realized that the University of Leeds is ranked among the top 100 Universities worldwide, in which it is highly reputed for its engineering courses, especially chemical engineering for being accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
Moreover, I knew that the course modules would allow me to gain the best knowledge about the principles of chemical engineering, be aware of the new process technologies and chemical products design and development.
What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University so far and why?
The best aspect of studying my course at Leeds is applying the theoretical knowledge (lectures) in practice; whether it was in laboratory experiments or chemical-process-simulation over using the most recent technologies and software, in which I have gained the practical experience that I would need for joining the modern chemical industries.
Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed.
One of the most exciting projects that I have worked on was related to developing a high value chemical product, by applying an innovative idea with the purpose of enhancing the consumers’ perception, the product performance and a reduction in the overall cost. I worked in a group of 6 in which our product design was applied to Nurofen (medicine). It was such a challenge at the beginning however, it has been one of the most amazing experiences I have ever gained in my entire life. It allowed me to significantly enhance my teamwork skills while collaborating with other 5 people from different backgrounds. Additionally, doing a real research and working on applying an innovative idea was extremely beneficial, in which we have conducted an accurate market analysis, generated four different innovation ideas, and finally offered a Nurofen lotion over a continuous chemical process with an estimated final product cost.
What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?
Leeds city is one of the most beautiful historical cities I have ever visited. As a student I have never felt like a foreign student since it is a multi-cultural city, where students could meet people coming from different cultures and nations around the world. It is a very lively city, with lots of attractions, shopping centres, festivals and restaurants offering different cuisines from different countries.
What are your ambitions for the future?
I would like to further my studies and research in the school of Chemical and Process Engineering by obtaining my PHD and becoming a true expert and master in one of the top chemical & process engineering companies such as Shell or ExxonMobil.
What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?
I have attended several workshops at the university library including: presentation skills, time management skills, critical thinking, and academic writing skills. I believe that such workshops along with the academic qualification (MSc) have allowed me to gain the required experience for my future career.
What would you say to students coming to do the same course?
I would like to assure them that choosing the University of Leeds for doing their masters in chemical engineering is a great decision as they will be joining a community of experts and best professors who would offer help whenever needed, in addition to the availability of both the state-of-the-art computing software and the advanced laboratory facilities, at which they would be able to carry out their research in any area that they are interested in.