Forensic & Analytical Chemistry (MChem)Callum Davidson

Callum Davidson, Forensic & Analytical Chemistry (MChem) student

About Callum

Hi, I am a recent University of Strathclyde graduate with a 2:1 Master of Chemistry Degree in Forensic & Analytical Chemistry.

I am an ex-student ambassador of two and a half years and you could most likely find me in either the union, library or Thomas Graham building on campus. I never thought I would be graduating during a global pandemic when I started my course in 2015.

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

I chose to study at Strathy because I knew I wanted to be in the heart of Glasgow city centre, the uni had great transport links to and from home and offered the course which I was most interested in. I also chose the University as their motto ‘A place of useful learning’ meant I would come out with a really great degree.

What do you think about the University?

I think the university has student experience at the heart of every decision they make on campus and student wellbeing as a top priority. It was refreshing to see a university constantly look for ways to improve student experience with the renovation and construction of new buildings on campus.

Why did you choose to study Forensic & Analytical Chemistry?

I chose to study my course specifically as it is dual accredited by both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chartered Society of Forensic Science, also the fact that practical work is integrated from day one throughout my 5 year course.

What do you like most about the course?

I liked the fact I had and took the opportunity to complete a 12 month industrial placement at Charles River Laboratories in Edinburgh and completing research for my final year thesis in the Centre for Molecular Nanometrology.

What are you getting out of it?

I’ve gotten a 2:1 Masters degree, a year of industrial experience, and friends for life!

What are your plans for after graduation?

I have decided to go into industry and I have secured my first job with Merck Group.

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

Come and do it, you will not regret it!