MChem Chemistry with Drug DiscoveryCaitlin Gow

Caitlin is in the fourth year of our Chemistry with Drug Discovery course. Find out what Caitlin thinks of being a student at Strathclyde.

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

The great central location makes it really easy to get to the University and there’s easy access into the city centre throughout the day! It is also a very well ranked university and had courses which really appealed to my interests.

What do you think about the University?

In my three years at Strathclyde I have made so many new friends through classes, sports clubs etc. Everyone in all the clubs and societies are so welcoming! I also love that the University is so close to the centre of Glasgow, making it really easy to get to.

Why did you choose to study Chemistry with Drug Discovery?

I have always been interested in medicine and the development of new drugs, so the Chemistry with Drug Discovery programme seemed like the perfect course to further explore this interest. Additionally, the MChem program offers a paid industrial placement year which will be an amazing opportunity to learn new things and see what it’s like to work in industry.

What do you like most about Chemistry with Drug Discovery?

The part of my course which I have enjoyed the most is the amount of time in the laboratory we are offered as part of the course, especially through 2nd and 3rd year where most afternoons were often spent in one of the many undergraduate laboratories.

In the past 3 years I have gained a huge amount of knowledge in the field of chemistry and made some amazing friends along the way. I will also be going abroad to complete my placement year soon and this will an invaluable opportunity to gain more skills and explore a new part of the world.

What are your plans for after graduation?

To be honest, I am not sure! There are so many options and different paths which can be followed after graduation. I do hope to go on to complete a PhD sometime after completing my Masters, but perhaps after my year in industry I will change my mind and go straight into employment.

What would you say to anyone considering coming to study at Strathclyde?

It’s a great University with loads of lovely people and so many clubs and societies to get involved with alongside your studies. I would highly recommend it!