School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics

Amy

Course: Physics MPhys

A Levels studied: Physics, Maths, Biology

Choosing Newcastle

After hearing about Newcastle University’s great reputation I applied and was successful in receiving an offer. I attended a post-application visit day, which gave me an insight into what studying here at Newcastle would be like. I especially liked how friendly the staff were and how keen they were to help. I knew that studying at Newcastle, I would feel part of a community. Being in a small city, Newcastle University is perfect for me as it is close to shops and restaurants, and student housing is only a short walk from campus.

Studying at Newcastle

The lecturers on my course are all experts in their field. They explain the material extremely well and if I don’t understand anything they are happy to go through it until I do – no lecturer would ever say they do not have time to help! Most lecturers have an open door policy too, which means you can pop over to their office and, unless they are in a meeting, they will answer your question there and then! Modules include lectures, seminars and problem classes. There is opportunity to work through problems in smaller groups. As the physics cohort is small, questions are always welcomed by the lecturers during their lectures.

Studying Physics

Laboratory physics is my favourite module. I have the opportunity to work with high tech equipment, which makes labs much more exciting than they were during A Levels. I enjoy applying the physics I have learnt during lectures and obtaining results that can prove something is highly rewarding. I also enjoy analysing the data using Matlab and writing my reports on LaTeX. Using these pieces of software makes my studying feel very professional.

Recommending Newcastle

Physics lectures are relatively small. This allows me to ask the lecturers more questions. Lecturers know me personally, therefore if they see my grades slipping they will ask if I need any extra help. I feel valued as a student at Newcastle University. Also, as campus is right in the city, student life here is great! You’re never far from shops and restaurants, and of course Newcastle nightlife has the best reputation! The city really does have something for everybody!

Living in Newcastle

Living in Newcastle has made me realise that when people say Geordies are friendly, they are telling you the truth! Everybody in the city is so lovely. Being a small city makes Newcastle ideal for student life. I like the fact that I can walk everywhere I need to go, but if I am feeling lazy I can also take advantage of the Metro the city has! (It is very cheap, too!!) Student housing in Newcastle is very cheap as well. The houses are usually very good sizes and the location is great! I live in Jesmond, a 20 minute walk from campus. This area of Newcastle is very pretty, with shops and bars ideal for students.

Future plans

I haven't decided yet what I will be doing when I graduate. However, I have been using the Careers Service at Newcastle University to help me create my CV and improve my interview skills, as well as participate in practice assessment centres. I also took part in the Ncl+ Award in Research. This gave me many skills which will be valuable for any job that I apply for. Newcastle University also has a jobs fair which is extremely useful to see a wide range of employers and ask them questions about their application processes.