Sukanya Bhandary studied MSc Statistics at the University of Leeds

Sukanya Bhandary

Why did you choose the University of Leeds?

I really liked the course structure for MSc Statistics here. It isn’t just theoretical but also practical which means that it helps you in the corporate world when you go into a job.

It had a lot of practical work which helps to understand how the theoretical work is put into practise. So I like the course structure, it is very interesting.

Where did you do your undergraduate degree?

I am from India and I did my undergraduate degree in Calcutta. So, it was my first time living in the UK.

And how did you find it living here?

Really nice - the people are very helpful and the teachers are very friendly. It’s been a good experience.

I have also made some good friends here. We went out together and went to parties, we had get-togethers and so yes it was really fun.

I will miss the University when I leave. 

How did you find the facilities?

They were very different to India. I’ve never had so much available, like printing and the library.

The library is such a plus point because the University of Calcutta doesn’t have such a good library as here. Whatever books you need, you can find them here. 

What are your plans for the future?

Well I have a job in Edinburgh which is due to start in January. The role is as a Credit-Risk Analyst in the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Doing this masters degree really helped with getting the job a lot because in the interview they asked me technical questions and it was very easy to understand because of the practical element here.

So, I am planning to relocate to Edinburgh and I have already found somewhere to live.

Would you recommend the course to others?

Yes, surely. I enjoyed the topics such as risk management and stochastic modelling because they are really useful in real life. The other universities I looked at didn’t offer this practical element.