polymer student

Timothy Watson

What course are you studying?

I'm currently studying a chemistry postgraduate degree in Polymers, colourants, and fine chemicals.

Why did you decide to study a masters at the University of Leeds?

I was interested in doing a more specialised degree in a field that would be different from my undergraduate degree in general chemistry. I was interested in polymer chemistry and colour from my undergraduate degree and wanted to learn more about these subjects. Leeds is a well-known university with a great reputation that is close to where I live and work, with a great campus and lecturers so it was the best choice for me.

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and why?

The best aspect of studying on the course has been meeting and working with lots of new people with different skills and experiences. I have also enjoyed expanding my knowledge of chemistry and learning and exploring different areas that I had not previously covered, such as printing, formulations, and curing.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed.

I have done presentations on the synthesis and applications of aerospace materials. I have also worked on particle size analysisis in cosmetic products as part of a group; using techniques such as EDX and SEM. Although the more exciting projects are yet to be completed.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds is an interesting city with lots of pubs, live music, and nightclubs. There is a variety of activities to do during the daytime, with lots of parks and shopping centre and its’ also one of the cheaper cities to live in the UK. It has a really great atmosphere for students and makes you feel right at home straight away.

What are your ambitions for the future?

After completing my postgraduate degree I intend to become a cosmetics formulation chemist working in research and development.

What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?

Experience as a research student I think will be very valuable for a career in research and development. I also think that working in groups is a good experience that translates into the workplace well.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

Make sure that you come to the course with an open mind and willingness to learn new skills that are different to the skills acquired as an undergraduate. For example, if you are coming to the course from an organic chemistry perspective be prepared to learn about formulations or printing and vice versa.