Industrial Biotechnology (MSc) Amanda Faria De Medeiros

Amanda, from Brazil, is studying an MSc in Industrial Biotechnology here at Strathclyde. Find out below what Amanda enjoys most about life in Glasgow and why she chose to come and study with us.

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde? Why did you choose your course?

I chose to study at Strathclyde because I found the programme perfect as it provides an opportunity to have a collaborative teaching environment coupled with an intensive research project with one of IBioIC’s industrial partners.

How did you choose your course?

After I graduated, I was keen to expand my knowledge in the biotechnology area, however, there was no biotechnology taught Masters courses in Brazil at the time. In that way, I chose to apply to universities from the United Kingdom due to the excellence of teaching offered and this course was the one that interested me the most.

How did you find the application process?

At the beginning, I found the process a bit difficult because it was very different from the ones in my country. However, all the information on the University website along with the support offered by the University, answering the questions I had as quickly as possible, helped me in the application process.

What do you enjoy about living in Glasgow?

I really enjoy the variety of green areas and museums around the city and I find Glasgow’s architecture wonderful.

How welcoming do you find Strathclyde and Glasgow?

As an international student, I find the city and the University very welcoming. All the staff and lecturers are always willing to help and people in Glasgow are also very friendly.

What's the best thing about life at Strathclyde?

I believe it's having the opportunity to experience a multi-cultural environment. Also, the support that the University provides such as the Careers Service and international support team is one of the best attributes of Strathclyde.

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

I would advise to take the opportunity to experience new things, get to know new cultures. Make the most of it. Although living away from home can be frightening, the experience of studying abroad is enriching.