Forensic Science (MSc)Akinpelu Oyewumi

Akinpelu Oyewumi, from Nigeria, decided to study for her postgraduate degree in Forensic Science at Strathclyde after completing a BSc in Biochemistry. Here, she tells us more about her experience.

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

My initial interest was piqued by a student testimonial on the university website. Predominantly, my programme, the MSc Forensic science, the modules offered on the course as well as its long-standing reputation served to turn that interest into a positive decision to come study at Strathclyde.

Why did you choose your course?                                        

I had always been interested in Forensic Science. Upon the completion of my BSc in Biochemistry, I was keen to properly explore the field, as I knew that it was beyond the things depicted by CSI movies. An internship at a forensic science laboratory clinched the deal for me.

How did you choose your course?

Even though I was already keen about completing a master’s degree in forensic science, I was also careful to weigh my options by going through programmes in other fields  (for example, Molecular medicine) as well as institutions that I found interesting, so that I could make an informed decision.

How did you find the application process?

The application process via Pegasus was very straight forward. I found the interface to be very user-friendly and the admissions team were also extremely helpful and forthcoming in responding to all my email inquisitions.

Had you been to Scotland before? What were your thoughts about Glasgow ahead of coming here?

No, I had never been to Scotland prior to coming here for my Masters. Being from Nigeria, a relatively warm country, all everyone told me was to prepare myself as I was apparently in their words, ‘going to the coldest region of the United Kingdom.’  I was actually excited, as I anticipated seeing some snow for the first time in my life.

What do you enjoy about living in Glasgow?

I love that the environment is serene and generally calm. I also really enjoy the people in Glasgow as I find them very friendly and helpful.

How welcoming do you find Strathclyde and Glasgow?

The University of Strathclyde community is very much like the city that hosts it. I find both to be extremely welcoming environments. In my first few weeks here, I got lost quite often and many times, some stranger would willingly point me in the correct direction with a smiling face that helped ease my tension.

What’s the best thing about uni life at Strathclyde?

So far, the best thing about life at the University of Strathclyde is the facilities and techniques that I have been exposed to. I also particularly love the teacher-student relationship as the instructors are always eager to listen and guide. The friends that I have made, have been awesome as well.

What advice would you give to a student thinking of coming to Strathclyde?

Come with an open mind, prepared to embrace the blend of people and culture present at Strathclyde. It is an amazing place, cold weather and all.